Erika Schickel is an author, journalist, essayist, teacher and opinionatrix who lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom and a contributor to daily newspapers, alternative weeklies, websites and op-ed pages. A former actress/performance artist, Erika has worked extensively in theater, television radio and film.

Erika is currently finishing her second book, The Big Hurt, a memoir of romance in a post-romantic age.