My first book was the size of a postage stamp. It was called “I Like to Read.” Helen Gurley Brown, the author of “Sex and the Single Girl,” gave me my first big break when she hired me to work for Cosmopolitan; I ran the copy department back in the days of Wite-Out. Since then, I’ve written headlines for the Louisville Courier-Journal, reviewed theater for the Albuquerque Journal, and edited cookie recipes for Martha Stewart Living. At Condé Nast Traveler, I once played a singing reindeer in an office skit. I was on a writing assignment for a now-defunct travel magazine when I met my future husband, a French safari guide, at an airport in Tanzania. Today, I publish my own work, thanks to the miracle of digital technology. I do most of my writing in Fontainebleau, France.