I was clued in to mystery stories early in life as an avid fan of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. As an adolescent I adored Miss Marple. My reading list includes pretty much everything by Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Allingham, and other Golden Age authors. I’m a passionate reader of the works of P.D. James, Elizabeth George, Minette Walters, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, and so many other outstanding mystery and crime writers.

My own writing ranges from flash fiction to short stories to the novel. My amateur sleuth, Bethany Jarviss, solves a murder case in The First Fiancée, a mystery in search of a publisher. Bethany is the grants administrator for her family’s charitable foundation in New Mexico. She uses her sharp mind and engaging personality to solve crimes that threaten to shake up the lives of people she loves. Bethany has complicated relationships with her family and her cowboy boyfriend. I’m having a fine time finishing a second novel, The End of Promise, featuring this gal. I write in my office at home, my cabin in the mountains, or anywhere else I go with my laptop. I take coffee breaks with my nose in a classic or contemporary mystery at a favorite cafe. Maybe I’ll see you there!