I'm a Swiss-American author, journalist, and former opera singer who has lived and worked in the United States, Russia, Slovenia, Italy, and Switzerland.

A former editorial manager for the World Economic Forum and various development agencies, I now serve as editor-in-chief of GSTAADLIFE, a monthly English-language news magazine in the luxury ski resort of Gstaad, Switzerland. 

My work appears in Fodor’s guidebooks, as well as other media in the financial, public health, and travel sectors. I'm the author of nine books including What to Do When the Doctor Says it's Diabetes, the Talk Dirty series of French, German, Italian, Spanish and English slang dictionaries, and the bestselling Big Black Book of Very Dirty Words, which have been featured on television and radio.

A classically trained lyric soprano, I sing regularly at recitals and festivals throughout Europe and abroad. I'm a co-founder of the City Sisters trio and a member of the Village Players of Lausanne theatre group.

I live with my two daughters, a rogue Englishman, and our badly behaved poodle, dividing my time between Lausanne and London.