I'm a writer. I have been almost as long as I can remember, starting in elementary school. Poems came first, later stories, then novels. Growing up and into adulthood I lived all over, in beautiful places like California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas, and Germany.
Study abroad gave me the chance to travel in Europe and the Mediterranean, which proved to be a great inspiration for setting and atmosphere when I started writing novels. The images from the INSPIRATION page show some of these places I love.
A couple of years after I graduated from college I started thinking about an idea for a novel. It took me about five years to write that first one, SEA CHANGE, which in today's webspeed world, seems an age. Yet each book I have written took as much time as it needed.
Books give people a way to connect, to be open in a more intimate way. We feel we understand each other if we like the same book.
I write the kind of books I like to read. They are atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, and full of the mysteries of human relationship. A good story is an essential ingredient. I'm a fan of the story arc: a beginning, middle, and end, as illustrated so well by the great mystery writers such as P.D. James and Dorothy L. Sayers. The story emerges from the characters; who they are and what they want. I hope my novels give you the same pleasure I find in writing them.