Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Santa Fe novelist reflects on humor in 'Vanity'.

Byline: SHORT TAKES By Polly Summar

Peggy Van Hulsteyn started writing books in the early '80s with a subject she knew best, "What Every Business Woman Needs To Know To Get Ahead."

So how did she get from there to her just-published book, "Vanity in Washington," a humorous look at the exploits of a cat named Vanity (also the name of Van Hulsteyn's cat) in the nation's capital?

Van Hulsteyn, who lives in Santa Fe, started her career in New York City as assistant travel editor of Mademoiselle magazine. She's owned an advertising agency in Austin, Texas, and written for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Cosmopolitan.

It was love that brought her to Santa Fe a physicist husband who worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.