About Me

I am the author of two books: Call Me Ella , a memoir about my twenty-four year search to find my roots, and a novel, Who Moved My Cookies?, loosely based on my experiences as a Weight Watchers leader and becoming vegetarian.   I am also an adoptee, INFP, healthy living proponent and human rights and LGBT activist.

Call Me Ella is more than just one woman’s search for information about the biological mother she believed had died in childbirth, this book explores the mind and feelings of an adopted child. Call Me Ella is a heartwarming and uplifting story about an adoptee who considered her adoptive parents her “real parents,” yet wanted to know more. She wanted to know her roots. Her heritage. With a burning desire to have someone who “looked like her,” she couldn’t wait to marry and have children of her own. She had no idea that her twenty-four year search, which did not begin until after both of her parents had passed away, would involve Sopranos-like tales of organized crime, gambling, and infidelity.

As an adoptee, I’ve been denied my original birth certificate by the State of New Jersey. That didn’t stop me from learning about my background. Call Me Ella is available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G1SK3KW and http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1494713993/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1388730568&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40

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