Claudia Jessup is the author of five novels (under the pseudonym Meredith Rich) including Bare Essence, which was made into a C.B.S. television mini-series & N.B.C. weekly series. Under her own name, she has written the perennial favorite The Woman’s Guide to Starting a Business, (three editions) as well as myriad non-fiction books (as writer or editor) and articles for major magazines. A former Virginian and New Yorker, she lives in Santa Fe with her husband Jonathan Richards, a writer and political cartoonist & is the mother of two daughters.