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RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married
RESIDENCE: Brooklyn, NY
CHILDRENS NAMES/AGES: Zoe 8, Miles 4
I’m a voice actor for television and radio, and a writer working in several mediums. My first children’s book, ELLA, has just been published by Viking Children’s Books. www.ellathebook.com is the book’s website.
What was your road to parenthood like? When I was a single woman in New York I always watched mothers and families with a lot of interest and tried to picture myself as a mom, but it wasn’t until after I was living with my husband and we got married that becoming a mother feel like a real desire. My first kid was born when I was 34 and my second at 38. I was surprised at how overwhelmed I was by motherhood. The love was amazing and at times almost crippling. I felt a loss of control that I have now come to accept as completely normal but at the time it was intense.
Is there one project in your career thus far that you are most proud of, and why? I’m very excited about ELLA, which is a modern parody of Eloise, the classic children’s book. I think ELLA is fun and captures a moment in time, which happens to be the Brooklyn of 2015 where I currently reside and parent. By updating a classic, I’m able to make a bit of fun of what I see around me and pay homage to a book that I love. The illustrator I worked with, Marcos Chin, is a fantastic and witty visual artist, and I’m so proud of how the book looks and reads. ELLA is special because it is my first book, but also because the idea to write it was inspired by my daughter and has opened me up to the idea that writing for kids is something I treasure and want to do more of.
How does being a mom influence your work? What do your children think of all that you do? My kids think it’s cool that I talk for a living by doing voiceover work, and they loved getting to see my picture in the back of my book. I feel lucky to be able to do all of these different types of creative work that still allow me to take them to some of their afterschool activities. It’s not always easy to juggle all of the tabs I have open in my head but like ELLA and Eloise before her, I am rarely bored.