Lolly Winston, born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Conn., Lolly Winston holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Alan Gurganus, and wrote a collection of short stories as her thesis.
In the early eighties she went to Hawaii for eight days and stayed for eight years, boogie boarding and working as a corporate copy writer and public affairs officer at a local trauma hospital.
She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early nineties, where she continued to work as a public relations professional. Her first foray into freelance journalism was as a stringer for Automotive News. After falling off the corporate ladder she began working from home as a freelance writer for high-tech companies, and the San Jose Mercury News. Since then her work has appeared in the magazines Redbook, Family Circle, Working Mother, New Woman, Sunset, Lifetime and others. She has published short fiction in The Sun. She has also taught classes in freelance writing.
She lives with her husband in Northern California.
My favorite authors, in no particular order, include: Flannery O'Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, Nick Hornby, Walker Percy, Mary Karr, George Saunders, Michael Cunningham, Aimee Bender, Melissa Bank, Jane Austen, Dave Barry, David Sedaris, Andre Dubus III, Sylvia Plath, Raymond Carver, Ethan Canin, Christie Hodgen, Ellen Sussman, J.D. Salinger, Tobias Wolff, Donald Barthelme. It's hard to stop naming them. I'm a groupie at heart. My all-time favorite novels are probably, THE BELL JAR, LOLITA, ABOUT A BOY, ANNA KARENINA, THE HOURS, and THE MOVIEGOER.