I’m delighted to announce that in November 2021, I signed with CookeMcDermid, a wonderfully supportive literary agency that will work with me toward the publication of my debut novel.




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The Mother Load

A hysterical look at modern family life, The Mother Load is a collection of the most popular columns Nancy wrote for The Daily News of Newburyport and Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Massachusetts.

Have you ever pulled a muscle trying to shoulder-shimmy in Zumba class?

Are your children embarrassed when you suggest carving their Halloween pumpkins on Christmas Eve?

Do your twin addictions to chocolate and George Clooney create issues a supermarket checkout line?

If so, you know what it’s like to carry The Mother Load.

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Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Me, though? I’m good in a corner. In fact, when dancing is involved, people feel safer if I’m tucked away somewhere. Or better yet, cordoned off

Don’t get me wrong. I love to dance. Much like I love to sing—with a great deal of enthusiasm and no discernable talent. And while I could take lessons in ballroom or swing or even Irish step dancing, I’ve found no classes that teach you to move like that woman in Flashdance. Or, you know, look that good in a ripped sweatshirt.

Dancing is on my mind right now because my younger daughter is getting married this summer. I’ve returned to Zumba class to help me prepare.

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The Older I Got, The More I Searched For My Father

My father had a long history of heart problems, so when he died from a massive coronary at age 67, it was unexpected, but hardly surprising.

I was only 26 at the time, and what did surprise me were condolences I received from two close friends, both of whom used the same word to describe my father. They wondered how was I dealing with the loss of a parent who had been, well, “difficult?”

I’d never attached that particular word to my father — at that young age, I lacked the perspective — but their naming it brought instant, almost palpable relief. My father was, indeed, a difficult man.
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In 1993, Jeff Arch’s screenplay Sleepless in Seattle became a hit movie, won him an Academy Award nomination, and launched a thirty-year career writing for films. For most of those years, though, Jeff was haunted by a story that insisted it could only be told as a novel. Attachments, Jeff’s fiction debut, is a lyrical, heartwarming story about three former boarding-school students called back to campus by the deathbed request of their dean. Pick, Goody, and Laura must face their shared past, including a betrayal and a secret that could change everything for the dean’s teenage son.

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