I was a writer/producer of U.S. comedy television series including The Bob Newhart Show and The Loveboat. Between 2007 and 2013, I wrote three books about my husband and I, two greenhorns, who moved from gritty downtown L.A. to an off-grid home in a rural Hawaiian rainforest. OFF THE GRID WITHOUT A PADDLE, is about our first year living off the grid. The high-tech, low-tech, no-tech learning curve is steep and hilarious. OFF THE GRID AND OVER THE HILL, is the sequel that asks the question: How old do you have to be before living off the grid becomes a pain in your Paradise? It also asks and answers the question: How old is "old"? OFF THE GRID: WHAT'S COOKIN'? is a cookbook and a memoir. Can a cookbook make you laugh? This one will if you read the funny parts!
In 2014, I published a new book. . . not a memoir, a novel: ON THE SEVENTH DAY SHE RESTED. It's a comedy about a woman who thinks that God as we know Him is not doing a very good job so she applies for the position. Which, it turns out, is not such a far-fetched idea. God, she learns, was female before He was ever a fellow. And, it seems, her own commandments actually work, especially for her hairdresser who becomes her first "d'votie". I think I can guarantee you some pretty good laughs with this one, and maybe even a tear or two.
At the very end of 2017 I published a book called SPEAKING SHINGLISH: A Cross-Cultural Love Story. I was making notes for this one for about 27 years, over the time I spent living with my Japanese artist husband, Shingo Honda, who adds his own unique slant to the English language left to us by the Vikings, Celts, Normans, Jutes, Saxons and Romans who invaded England and left us with a crazy, rule-less, mish-mosh of spelling and pronunciation. This is a little book, full of some of my favorite moments.
All my books are available in print and for the Kindle.