Unraveling mysteries form my earliest memories, whether I was exploring my grandmother’s cupboards on a rainy Saturday afternoon or the darkest corners of the local library after school. The Nancy Drew book my Great-Aunt Ada sent all the way from California one Christmas (The Mystery of the Old Clock) put me on a track that led to Agatha Christie paperbacks happily shared with my mother, along with the copy of Jane Eyre I devoured the summer I was 12, Wuthering Heights, Green Mansions, all of the Judy Bolton mystery books and everything I could find by Daphne du Maurier, Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Helen McInnes and Thomas B. Costain (not really mysteries, but gripping history).
My interests in literature, history and romance led to college degrees in education and English literature and a lasting love for the Victorian novel — particularly Dickens, Trollope and Collins, all of whom knew mystery lies at the heart of every great romance.
Among contemporary writers, I love P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters as the queens of modern mystery and psychological thrillers, and Anne Perry’s works have a special place on my book shelves.
A published writer – from poetry and reflective essays in the college literary magazine to award-winning journalism – I live in Central Pennsylvania with two cats and too many books to count. When I’m not reading, I like to garden, entertain, travel — and write.
She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writing Association, Penn Writers and Sisters in Crime.
To have my first novel, Daughter of Eve, honored as a Daphne finalist in the historical category in 2015 was both encouraging and humbling. It showed me I hadn’t wasted my time researching and writing it — and how much rework there is to be done. I received valuable feedback from the judges, as well as editors and agents at RWA 2015 in New York; as a consequence, the book, set in rural late Victorian England, is getting a major overhaul It already had changed mightily since the first draft — including the title and some character names — but the essential idea remains. This is how it seemed in those early days.
Meanwhile, I’m developing a mystery series set in 1870s Chelsea — and a ghost story that may or may not have elements of crime. (But who am I kidding? Of course it does.)
The two cats, by the way, take a back seat to no one and blog as the mood takes them, as Trouble and Mischief.