Saturday, June 27, 2015

School's Out! And In!

I'm always flattered when a teacher uses my book in a discussion on memoir or workshop on telling one's own story.  And I was thrilled to be back in the UCLA classroom of the great writer and brilliant teacher Alison Singh Gee.  If you haven't read her wonderful book, "Where The Peacocks Sing" you should.  Just click on the Amazon link to the right and order it for your Kindle or have a copy delivered!  And you can also check out her author page at MacMillan:  Alison Singh Gee

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Cover for Summer!

This is an early proof copy of the new paperback cover for Chanel due out this summer!  The reissue will include the first chapter of the sequel, HEART OF GLASS!  That's my mom on Lyford Cay with Robbie and me in the inset.  The photos were taken by Pop, my once-upon-a-time stepfather Oliver Rea (note the misspelling of his name on the credit).  Should be out in July in time to take to the beach!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


HEART OF GLASS, the sequel to Chanel Bonfire is on its way!  I turned in the manuscript to my wonderful editor and publisher just before Thanksgiving and am hard at work on the notes.  Look for updates during the year on the progress and some sneak peeks at the story.  Publication is set for January 2016!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

RIP Jeremy Lloyd

Rest in peace, Jeremy Lloyd, who has a brief cameo in Chanel Bonfire.  He made uncredited appearances in A Hard Day's Night, Help! and our living room.  He was, more famously, a writer and co-creator of British sitcoms including Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo!  He was a friend of Mother's during and after his super brief marriage to Joanna Lumley.  And he too was Absolutely Fabulous.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodreads Holiday Giveaway!

There's still plenty of time (December 16th -- January 12th) to win a FREE AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the beautiful Chanel Bonfire Trade Paperback.  Follow this link to the page:


And register to win today!

Have a Happy Holiday and Wonderful New Year!

All my best,


Thursday, October 23, 2014

RIP Geoffrey Holder

Rest in peace, Geoffrey Holder.  I worked as his wife Carmen De Lavallade's dresser at the American Repertory Theater in 1980, where she was appearing as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream.  He arrived for the opening night party in a tuxedo, a black cape lined with red satin, and a silver-topped cane.  We were all agog at his elegance and style.  An actor, a painter, and a dancer -- I heard that night that he designed many of Ms. De Lavallade's clothes.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway Winners!

Congrats to the winners of the Chanel Bonfire Goodreads end of summer giveaway!  Over 500 people entered -- copies are winging their way to Virginia and Michigan.  

And thanks again to everyone who has take the time to review Chanel on Amazon and Goodreads.  I truly appreciate your support.