I was born in north-central Detroit and continue to live in a small town about fifty miles north of the Motor City with my husband, Tom, an awesome guy who supports my obsessive writing habit. Every once in a while, he has to remind me to go outside and play because I frequently get caught up in the world of my stories and don’t want to leave.
From an early age, reading was my passion. During summer vacations when my friends were outside playing, I was riveted to the adventures of The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. As a teen, my love affair with mysteries continued with books by Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier and Dorothy Sayers.
Later, I tried my hand at poetry and short stories, but quit when I fell in love with another pastime, computer programming. That the logical sequence of commands I wrote produced the action I wanted was magical to me. I obtained a degree in Computer Science Engineering, and Information Technology became my career.
A few years ago, I wanted to read a moody mystery but couldn’t find one I liked as well as the ones I’d already read. I wanted a story featuring an old mansion, dark family secrets and characters who weren’t who they pretended to be, so I decided to write my own. I bought Stephen King’s On Writing and got started. That half-finished practice novel is still tucked away in the bottom of a drawer.
After taking a few online writing classes, attending several writers’ conferences, and joining a writers’ group, I finished the novel I wanted to read. It’s currently in the hands of an agent who will be pitching it to publishers soon. In the meantime, I am working on two other mystery/suspense novels.