Irene is the author of Rules of the Lake and Ashes to Water, which are set in central Florida, where Irene grew up. Irene is also an actor. She has had recurring roles or guest starred in many notable TV series and films, and is probably the voice on your cell phone’s GPS, so kindly stop yelling at her. Among her plays are the staged adaptation of her first book, Rules of the Lake, a comedy with music, Full Plate Collection, and Miss Palmer's School of Penmanship and Civil Behavior. She is the proud recipient of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award (Drama), and the Theresa Pollak prize for Excellence in the Arts. As an actor, she has had recurring roles or guest starred in many notable TV series and films (see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0954529/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.) Irene teaches acting and playwriting parttime at the University of Richmond, and is at work on a new play based on a holocaust survival story, Izzy’s Fire, by Nancy Wright Beasley. Irene has a son, Addison, and lives in Richmond. She was once yelled at by Anne Bancroft.