Inspired equally by Judy Blume novels and the copies of New York magazine that my parents kept piled on the coffee table, I grew up on Long Island vowing that someday I would be a writer. I’m happy to say that it worked out, and I didn’t have to go to law school after all. For the first half of my career, I held editorial jobs at Seventeen, Elle, Mirabella, Time Out New York, and Glamour. In 2001, I switched to freelance writing, covering parenting, pregnancy, women’s health, nutrition, relationships, and the arts for magazines including Self, Heath, Fitness, Real Simple, American Baby, Parents, Redbook, Weight Watchers, More, Prevention, Fit Pregnancy, and Time Out New York Kids, taking just a brief pause to write a book about childbirth, Deliver This!, published by Seal Press in 2007. My articles have won a 2016 National Health Information Silver Award, a 2012 Folio Gold Medal for Best Series, a 2010 MIN Award for Best Series, and a 2008 Folio Bronze Medal for Best Parenting Article. In 2013, I joined the tiny start-up staff that launched the phenomenally successful Hearst magazine Dr. Oz: The Good Life, before happily returning to the freelance life in 2014. When I’m not hunched over my laptop at a coffee bar, I can usually be found singing show tunes with my daughters.