Finn, a hard-drinking and cantankerous Irish writer, is in the midst of a downward spiral. After the death of his wife, he finds himself penniless and with nowhere to go but West to live with his daughter in Venice Beach. There he meets an eccentric cast of determined survivors who help give him the inspiration to get back to the success he once knew. As soon as he feels ready to dig his way out of the darkness, he finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation that threatens his life as he has come to know it.
Emily Kaufman was the girl growing up in Manhattan in the fifties and sixties. In the sixties and seventies, I attended Clark University and lived in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Seattle doing the hippie/peace/love/protest thing.
In the eighties and nineties, Emily Saur lived in Northampton, MA and Davis, CA and was the more conventional wife, mother of two, and elementary school teacher.
In 2006, I retired from teaching and became Emily Gallo when I married David, a professor of economics, and moved to Chico, CA. I started writing screenplays and television and moved into novels. David, Gracie (our Schillerhound), Savali (our cat) and I now divide our time between two and a half acres of gardens, orchards in Chico and a 750 square foot condo on the beach in Carpinteria, CA