Raised in a small town in Ohio, number eight of nine
children, I graduated from nursing school and worked as a
registered nurse for many years. When I could no longer
ignore the characters talking in my head (No, I’m not
on medication), I went back to school and got a professional
arts degree. Then I started my first novel.
As most writers will agree, raising a family and working a
full-time day job is a challenge when you’re trying to
bring those characters to life. Three beautiful
grandchildren later, I wouldn’t change a thing in my
journey (Okay, I’d outlaw rejection letters.)
Anyone who has tried to write a book and sell it knows it
doesn’t happen overnight. I started off thinking I was
a romance writer, but those evil villains kept pushing their
way into my stories. I discovered I loved killing off
people, then tricking everyone into believing it was the
wrong guy. Wait — isn’t that mystery writing?
So, I gave in and let the mystery in me take over, although
I still love romance and sneak it into every story.
But I didn’t get my happy ending just because I now
wrote the kind of books I loved. Oh, contraire! Eight years
after completing my first book, I finally sold. I am
represented by the awesome Christine Witthohn of Book Cents
Literary, LLC, who challenges me to take my writing to the
Married to my high school sweetheart, I’ve lived in
the Dallas area over twenty years and now call myself a
Texan. (The Yankee in me still demands to be recognized
every now and then.) We live seventy miles north of Dallas
and have two grown children and a large extended family that
remains close. Did I mention my three adorable grandbabies?
Since I grew up with love and laughter, that’s always
been the type of book I read. If it can make me laugh or cry
plus keep me guessing, I consider it a classic. I love
mysteries, always have, always will.
Murder for the Halibut, January 2013
Beef Stolen-Off, July 2012
Liver Let Die, October 2011