Claudine was born in New York City in the latter half of the last century. She’ll gladly narrow that down if you ask her face-to-face, but there really is no need to publicize that information on the internet. Is there? She spent her childhood bouncing from home to home and city to city, living in Jackson Heights, Queens; Miami; Long Island; and Milan, Italy before landing in the northern New Jersey bedroom community that has become her home base. Claudine started writing as a way to connect herself to someplace, even if that place only existed on the college-ruled pages of a battered notebook.
She completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Binghamton followed by a Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University. Somewhere in the midst of these years she found the time to marry her college sweetheart and settle down to a life of domestic bliss in the middle of Nowheresville, PA (where the pasta is terrible but the scrapple is fresh). The minute her husband carried her over the threshold she began planning their return to civilization. And though she had progressed to a horrible, DOS-based computer her writing continued.
As four children joined her family, Claudine continued to write on her own until 2007 when, frustrated with both her career as a high school teacher and the direction her writing was taking, she decided to seek an MFA in writing. Through a fortuitous series of events she enrolled in Western Connecticut State University to study under amazing professional writers, including Rita Ciresi, Paola Corso, Dan Pope and Daniel Asa Rose. Two years and two open-heart surgeries later, she had a few publication credits, a novel ready for representation and an MFA.
Claudine is committed to advancing an honest depiction of Italian Americans in mainstream media. She is active in the Italian American community and participates in as many cultural, creative and artistic Italian American organizations as she is able. She created one of New Jersey's first Italian American arts festivals in conjunction with The Watchung Arts Center.
She spends her days raising her children, teaching students at two New Jersey colleges, writing, revising, speaking and querying. Claudine thinks it's the good life and wouldn't have it any other way.