Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a published author, as well as award-winning freelance journalist and advertising creative director/copywriter in New York City. Her debut novel, Fat Chick, was published by The Vineyard Press in 2009. They published her second effort: Back To Work She Goes in 2013. Her essays appear in The New York Times; Our Town and West Side Spirit; New York Observer; Fifty Is The New Fifty; xoJane; Nerve; Redbook, Womans Day, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, to name a few. In her advertising career, she specializes in entertainment marketing.