Life is a journey and mine has been full of twists and turns, opportunities and adventures. As a kid growing up in Long Beach, California I never imagined that today I would be a USA Today bestselling author, world traveler, wife and mom. My love of books is fairly evident, so I thought I’d share a few things you might not know about me.
The Professional Me: I earned my B.A. in English at Loyola, Chicago and my MBA at Loyola/Marymount in Los Angeles. For fourteen years, I was an account supervisor in advertising agencies. Then, on a crazy dare, I wrote my first book and found my passion. Today, instead of putting on a power suit in the morning, I set my computer up in a wonderful neighborhood coffee shop where I write for hours. When I’m not at my favorite table writing, I am speaking to bar associations, philanthropic groups and books clubs. I also volunteer at the local hospital as a patient/family advisor and work with The Young Writers Conference to bring the joy of writing back into the middle school classroom. I’ve also been an instructor at writing conferences in Hyannis Port, and Oklahoma, Southern California including the famed UCLA Writers Program.
The Travel Me: I started traveling in earnest over 30 years ago when the company I was working for sent me to China. I have traveled over 170,000 miles since then and visited over 110 cities in 21 countries. One of my favorite trips was close to home, when I spent two days on the USS Nimitz – landing on the aircraft carrier deck by tail hook. Today, I’m a Top Contributor on TripAdvisor.com because it gives me the opportunity to combine the two things I love: travel and writing. I am an advocate for creative travel. Whether it’s spending five weeks in Albania, a country spotlighted in Eyewitness, or walking to Hermosa Beach, the town that inspired the entire Witness Series, being open to new places and experiences is a must for a creative person. I believe that travel restores the creative spirit and freshens the eye for the important details that bring a book, a painting or a photograph to life.
The Family Me: I’m one of six kids and my brothers and sisters are split between Missouri (where I was born), Vermont, and California (where I grew up and still live). My mom lives close and at 90 she can outrun me. I have been married for 38 years to a man I met in high school, but don’t jump to any romantic conclusions. When Harry met Sally could have been our story. He is a superior court judge and helps me when I need to research crucial scenes for my legal thrillers. I’m the proud mom of two grown sons. Alex is a talent manager and producer and Eric is a novelist and playwright and who served in the Peace Corps in Albania. In our family, we don’t need an excuse to get together to see one another.
When I’m home I cook, quilt, sew, see movies (I love zombie movies), go to the theater and, of course, read. It will probably come as no surprise that mystery, suspense and thrillers are my favorite genre. A tomboy at heart, I have played in a local tennis league for the last 14 years. (My favorite shot? The backhand volley at the net.)
I don’t think the adventure is over yet – and I know that there are still a zillion books to be written – so I hope you’ll check back for updates. Better yet, drop me note. I would love to hear from you.