2023 IPPY Bonze Medal for Wartime Fiction
My earliest memories include going to the library and bringing home a box of books…every week. I was raised on Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Wizard of Oz, Narnia, and other works of mystery and wonder.
My connection to words led to a career in public relations and marketing. Armed with degrees in communication, business and library science, I held senior management positions in higher education, winning numerous local, regional and national marketing awards while working at both the University of Houston and Texas Southern University.
After forty years writing non-fiction, including a 175-page history of the University of Houston, I retired and finally turned to creating fictional worlds.
My interests lie in women's fiction and mysteries. With the help of a Writer’s League of Texas five-day retreat and the eighteen-month long Online Certificate in Novel Writing program at Stanford University, I embraced both retirement and novel writing. From thisThe Broken Hallelujah was born.
When I’m not slaving over my computer, I spend time in my backyard garden and with my crazy fur babies, Jade, my yappy but huggable white schnauzer, and her best friend, Yara, a gorgeous and unflappable Russian blue feline.
Currently, I’m working on a mystery set at a university…involving three generations of strong women determined to clear a friend of a murder/suicide charge. I’m having a great time sending up some favorite academic places and people in my fictitious university. My forty years in academe opened many doors, introduced me to an amazing variety of characters, took me around the world from Houston to Alaska and Nigeria to Beijing, and offered many an outrageous tale to provide a plethora of plots.
I’d love to let you know when it’s ready to release. Include your email in the feedback section if you are interested in hearing news about this and future books.
Until then, I wish you good times and good reading.
I've been interviewed by a number of blogs, both US and UK. I've added a link to one of the most recent: Literary Flits.