The Only Woman in the Room
Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female scriptwriter in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male. For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room. In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table. Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation. But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to freelancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career. She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year.

The relevance of her personal journey, charming yet occasionally shocking, will be an eye-opener to today’s readers who take for granted the abundance of female creative talent in today’s Hollywood.

The Gladdy Gold Series

Getting Old Is Murder
The first book in the Gladdy Gold series.
She’s seventy-five. She’s hilarious. She’s relentless. If you’re a senior citizen in trouble, you need Gladdy. The world think seniors are invisible. Gladdy can solve your problems because she’s one of you. Her credentials? More than thirty years of reading mysteries, Smart? You bet, she’s a retired librarian, as well.

Getting Old Is The Best Revenge
The 2nd book in the series.
Gladdy Gold has a booming new P.I. business. When they win a free trip on a fancy cruise ship, Gladdy and her girls find themselves tracking down a ruthless killer on board. Somebody is murdering the richest women in Florida! And the fourth victim is on this ship.

Getting Old Is Criminal
In Gladdy Gold's third novel, Getting Old is Criminal, Jack goes missing and Gladdy has to deal with her true feelings. Through tears and all Gladdy and her girls go on a brand new adventure, going undercover to find a killer at one of the richest retirement complexes of them all.

Getting Old Is To Die For
Gladdy Gold may have gone from dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker to South Florida retiree, but she’s loving every minute of it. Between poolside gossip, a hot-to-trot boyfriend, and a booming detective business, life couldn’t be sunnier—until a trip back north with her sister Evvie leads to murder and mayhem concerning a fifty-year-old cold case.

Getting Old Is Tres Dangereux
Gladdy Gold finds out that she has a competitor wanting to steal Jack langford away from her. She's a gorgeous younger redhead from France.

Not only that, but there is a killer wanting to murder the Frenchwoman, and Jack is the only one who can save her.

Thrills and chills. Don't miss it!

Getting Old Is A Disaster
Jack and Gladdy's plans to marry come to a halt when a hurricane hits. A skeleton from the past is found under Jack's building. Gladdy and the girls must solve the case which involves one of their dear friends. It's a tossup. Will the hurricane get them or will the murderer among them finish them off.

Getting Old Can Kill You
When Gladdy and Evvie return from their blissful double honeymoon, they learn the "girls," thinking they are being replaced by the new husbands, are striking out on their own, taking Private Eye lessons. Now they will be in competition with the Gladdy Gold agency.

There's trouble brewing in their condo. Joyce Steiner moves in, rekindling a 50-year feud with Arlene Simon. Joyce stole her husband back then and there is no forgiveness. When Joyce is found murdered, Arlene becomes the prime subject.

Gladdy and the girls must band together to find the real killer.

Other Works

The Woman Who Hated The Bronx: A Short Story in "Bronx Noir"
A young woman marries a man who brings her to his home in the Bronx, a place that terrifies her because of her strange past.


A Summer Without Boys

It was summer and Ruth Hailey was fifteen, trapped with her mother on a bus heading for a Catskill mountain resort that promised nothing but boredom and desperation. She could already imagine the inevitable assignment in school next fall: How I Spent My Summer Vacation.”

Two months later she could have filled a diary. About her absent father. About her mother and all the other manless women at the old hotel. Mostly due to husbands and sons away at war. About Abe, the proprietor’s handsome 4F son. About 16 year-old Lenore, old before her years. Fate had cast them together in a summer of love, loss and rebellion that changed Ruth’s life forever.

The Four Coins of the Kabbalah

At first Andy could not believe the changes in his pregnant wife. Elinor recoiled from his touch. She kept asking about his first wife, Laurie. She hung strange coins on the nursery wall and refused to leave the room. Then came the fire…

The doctor called it a breakdown. But how did Elinor suddenly know the terrible secret of Laurie’s death? How could Andy explain the brief, horrifying moment when he saw Elinor transformed—into a living image of Laurie. And what of the word she had spoken—Lilla-abi—and its haunting meaning?
Finally he began to suspect…