I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to put
letters together to form words. From that day forward,
writing has been a part of my life whether it was my first
attempt at a novel in seventh grade or the little plays I
wrote for my friends to perform for neighbors and family.
After college, when I was busy teaching French and Spanish
to high school students, I was also writing poetry —
some of it in French.
After several years, I left teaching to be a full time mom,
and when my two children started school, I went back to
writing. To my delight I found that the muse was still
there, still waiting patiently for me to come around. My
first novel, GHOSTFIRE, was published at that time.
It went on to be condensed in Redbook magazine (the
first paperback original the magazine had ever condensed.)
Then came THE GOD CHILDREN and THE PORTAL.
Redbook also published my first short story, which
was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines. With two
great kids, a golden retriever and a loving, supportive
husband (whom I’d met at the beach when I was fourteen
— but that’s a story for another day), I felt
like I was exactly where I was meant to be in my life. But
fate had another plan for me, and it went by the name of
Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was that the cancer
was discovered at such an early stage, but at the time it
was all very overwhelming. Once I was back on my feet, I
wanted to help other women who were newly diagnosed, worried
and afraid. I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the
American Cancer Society and went on to run the program for
Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. A number of
years later, with the help of my surgical oncologist and two
other volunteers, I started Lean On Me, a nonprofit
organization that provides peer support and information to
breast cancer patients. When Lean On Me celebrated its tenth
anniversary it no longer required as much of my time, and I
once again found myself free to pursue my first love
The result is my new mystery series, with sketch artist Rory
McCain and federal marshal Zeke Drummond.
Sketch a Falling Star, March 2012
To Sketch a Thief, June 2011
Sketch Me If You Can, August 2010