“Imagination is more important than knowledge”
is one of my favorite quotes. Another one should be,
“Ignorance is bliss.” I never started out to be
a writer. My goal was to become a registered nurse. Having
that black band added to my nurses’ cap was literally
a crowning achievement. While my education excelled in the
nursing arts, it sadly lacked the liberal arts. The only
thing remotely close was once doing a research paper on the
I was a stay-at-home mom while our children were small.
Somewhere between the vacuum cleaner and the ironing board,
my imagination shifted into high gear. I had stories inside
my head that just wouldn’t leave me alone. I’m
talking plots, dialogue, characters, and costume, the whole
ball of wax. During nap times, I’d take out my old
portable typewriter and attempt to put it all down on paper.
Well, was I in for a shock! I learned my very first lesson
on becoming a writer. I quickly discovered
writing—even bad writing—is hard work.
But ultimately my persistence paid off. It wasn’t
until I returned to work full-time as a nurse/technologist
for a vascular lab that I made my first sale, Sweet
Possession, a historical romance under the pseudonym of
Elizabeth Turner. Eight more historical romances followed
while juggling a family and a job as vascular technologist.
It was a busy but rewarding time in my life.
I’ve been happily married for more years than I care
to count to my husband, Bob, and have two grown children.
In the course of our marriage, we’ve lived in Chicago,
upstate New York, and suburban Detroit. A few years ago, my
husband and I re-located to another small town, this time
one in South Carolina with a community very much like the
one inhabited by Kate McCall, the protagonist in my new
Bunco Babe Mystery series. Along with a change in locale, I
decided to change genres. I’ve been a mystery fan
ever since devouring Nancy Drew novels as a girl so the
transition from historical romance to cozy mysteries was as
fun as it was painless.
As my son reminded me, life’s an adventure. I’m
enjoying the ride.
Shake, Murder, and Roll, May 2011
'Til Dice Do Us Part, April 2010
Whack 'N' Roll, August 2009