I wrote my first book when I was eight years old.  Chatterbox, The Talking Monkey still sits in my desk drawer, chapters scrawled in large letters on lined paper and bound together by green construction paper.

I remained an avid writer (and reader) through elementary school and early junior high school in Tennessee, junior high and high school in Delaware, college at Yale and law school at Georgetown.  After school, I chose professions that allowed for plenty of writing.  I practiced law in Delaware before joining an insurance company, where I now work as a public affairs manager in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I write mostly mysteries and have been fortunate to have four mini-mysteries published by Woman’s World magazine.  When the first one was published, my mother promptly went to the grocery store and bought twenty copies from a somewhat puzzled cashier.

I’ve also had two short stories published in mystery anthologies.  My story, “A Rose by Any Other Name,” was included in the Chesapeake Crimes II anthology.  My story, “A Grain of Truth,” will soon be published in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder anthology by Wildside Press.

I’m currently finishing a mystery novel featuring a paralegal whose overprotective mother is convinced danger lurks around every corner.  As it turns out, she’s right.

I value the company and support of other writers.  I belong to Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.  I’m active with Writer House and I moderate a mystery authors’ panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Because I enjoy reading almost as much as writing, I seek out opportunities to match people with books.  So if you’re looking for book recommendations, send me a note (LINK to contact info), including some of your favorite books so far, and I’ll see if I can come up with a good match for you.

Happy reading!