Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a published author, freelance journalist and advertising creative director/copywriter for print, television, radio and interactive media in New York City. 
Her debut novel, Fat Chick, was published by The Vineyard Press in 2009.  Her essays have appeared in the anthologies It All Changed In An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by the Famous and Obscure and It's All Relative: Mothers & Daughters
She also writes a bi-monthly column -- “New York Gal” – for Manhattan Media’s Our Town and West Side Spirit newspapers; and a weekly column – “Mommy in the Middle” – for Care.com. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, Adweek, Big Apple Parent, MomSense, BustedHalo.com, The Writers’ Journal, Family Tree, Divine Caroline, New York Press, More.com, Bitch magazine, New York Family, My Daily, Fifty Is The New Fifty, The Frisky and The Huffington Post. 
Among various awards, Ms. Duffy Merkl counts a Broadcast Design Award honoring work done for HBO, and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer Award for her column. 
In her freelance advertising career she specializes in entertainment marketing.