I’m a writer and author. I got my start at an English-language newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela, where I learned how to write on deadline and that the best place to sit-out a coup is at home with a bottle of rum.
My writing has appeared in the New York Times, Time, the Village Voice, and other publications. My first book, “Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier,”was optioned by Sony.
I grew up in rural Northern California and hold a masters degree from Columbia University.
Over the years I have also picked grapes in France, hitchhiked across Syria, and nearly drowned off the coast of Madagascar.
I now live on a hill in San Francisco with my husband and daughter.
HUMBOLDT is the true story of an insular community in Northern California that existed for 40 years on the cultivation and sale of marijuana. In Humboldt County, marijuana supported everything from fire departments to schools, but it came with a heavy price.
As legalization loomed, the community stood at a crossroads and its inhabitants were deeply divided on the issue -- some wanted to claim their rightful heritage as master growers and have their livelihood legitimized, others wanted to continue reaping the inflated profits of the black market.
HUMBOLDT is the story of a small town that became dependent on a forbidden plant, and of how everything changed as marijuana went mainstream.
The book was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2013, and optioned by Sony Pictures. John Malkovich is attached to star in the TV adaptation.
I currently work as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies and well-known startups on editorial strategy and content creation. I also do occasional projects with NGOs who have important stories to tell.