Photo by Dora McQuaid

Photo by Dora McQuaid

I have written two books: Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found (2009) and a novel, Say My Name (2017). I have also written journalism for newspapers and magazines including Newsweek, Vogue, People, the Santa Fean, and Condé Nast Traveler in the US; and the Independent on Sunday (as part of the series Lives of the Great Songs), Harper's BazaarMail On Sunday YOU magazine, the Tatler, and The Times in the UK, French Vogue, and the international art and culture magazine Garage, where I am also part of the editorial team. My article on midwifery, "Catching Babies in New Mexico," written for Mothering magazine, is on the website of the New Mexico State Historian. 

This year I will begin publishing Twice 5 Miles Guides: the stuff nobody teaches you. Launch titles will be How to Work with a Writer, by me, and How to Read for an Audience, cowritten by me and James Navé, who taught me everything I know about public readings.

I am the screenwriter and producer of the award-winning short film Good Luck, Mr. Gorski (2011), which won the Grand Remi at the Houston Worldfest and was shown in many prestigious festivals including Mill Valley, the Hamptons, Torino, Cartagena, Rhode Island, and L.A. Shorts. Projects in development include three features and two TV series. 

I grew up in London, Ireland, Long Island, Los Angeles, and Mexico, where my father John Huston lived for the last decades of his life. I read English at Hertford College, Oxford, then spent nine years in publishing in London. At Chatto & Windus, and then as Editorial Director of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, I worked with authors including Alan Hollinghurst, Iris Murdoch, Edna O'Brien, Henry Shukman, Robert Conquest, and Jane Goodall. I then worked for two years with the film distribution and production company Pathé in London.

I have taught screenwriting and memoir writing workshops at the National University of Ireland, Galway, the OSLEP program at the University of Oklahoma, and the Arvon Foundation in the UK. I also co-direct Imaginative Storm Writing Workshops with the poet James Navé (click here for more info) and am a founding member of the creative think tank Twice 5 Miles (click here for more info).

I currently live in Taos, New Mexico, with my 15-year-old son Rafael, in a traditional adobe house which I designed and built with Rafael's father. Looking out the window from the table where I work, I see nearly 100 miles: horizon after horizon of extinct volcanoes that undulate like an ocean. A few years ago I started taking  piano lessons, and my proudest accomplishment is being able to play Chopin's Nocturne #1--not very well, but well enough for me.