After many years of exploring painting and visual art, I recently returned to my printed word roots to write a memoir. Of Four Mothers, forthcoming, is my first book. It is the moving tale of a five-year-old girl, left motherless after a tragic accident. She finds substitute mothers—a neighbor, a grandmother and a woman in Japan—to fill the void. Strengthened and propelled overseas, the young woman lands her dream job as a foreign correspondent and, in time, discovers lasting love. Then, poised to become a mother herself, she suddenly loses her two other mothers. Struggling to climb out of a crater of grief, she reinvents herself through travel, painting, gardening and music—with humility, humor and uneven results. Of Four Mothers traces her path from unearthing her dormant creativity to unleashing a bold and colorful voice as a mother, artist, and writer. Stay tuned for publication details.
I’ve always loved books and newspapers. I am a graduate of Stanford University, holding a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in East Asian Studies. I am fluent in Japanese. I began my journalism career on the night desk in the Tokyo Bureau of ABC News. After graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, I returned to Tokyo as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. In the US, I reported for the Journal from New York and Boston, and later I taught international business reporting and feature writing at Boston University’s Graduate School of Journalism.