Eden M. Kennedy

Eden M. Kennedy is the co-author (with Alice Bradley) of the book Let's Panic About Babies! (St. Martin's Press).

A former college-radio DJ, Mrs. Kennedy has driven cross-country six times in a 1973 Volkswagen Bug and enjoys standing on her head.

Currently she works a straight job and is just about finished writing her first novel.

As you may know, I'm always interested in expanding my vocabulary, so when I hear a new word, or an old word used in a new context, it tends to get stuck in my head. And like a crummy pop song, the only way to get it out of my head is to put it into yours. You've read Billy Bob's sex advice, right? Now I want you to go out and use "swarthy" in a sentence five times today, but here's the trick: try not to use it as a tired-ass racist cliche, okay?

Good luck.