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Hawaii with my husband (Maui, HI - September 2010)
Hawaii with my husband.
(MAUI, HI - September 2010)
Melinda Leigh and Me (San Antonio, TX - RWA 2014)
Melinda Leigh and Me.
(San Antonio, TX - RWA 2014)
At the FBI shooting range (Washington, DC - RWA 2009)
FBI shooting range.
Max (Pomeranian, 2014)
About Me

As a kid, I read and read and read. Laura Ingalls, Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden were my close companions, and I was never without a book in hand. Today, mysteries are my primary reading genre. I enjoy Lee Child, Karen Rose, Robert Crais, and Tami Hoag. But I also love a sweeping historical novel by Diana Gabaldon or a contemporary romance by Rachel Gibson.

I decided to try my hand at writing a novel after I read a newspaper article about NaNoWriMo. Heck, I can do that. I sat down and wrote a contemporary romance but kept tripping over dead bodies in each chapter. I got the hint and my stories evolved into romantic suspense.

I joined my local Romance Writers of America chapter, the Rose City Romance Writers, and found a fabulous community dedicated to educating its members about writing and publishing. Book purchases are tax deductable?? I also belong to International Thriller Writers and the Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA.

In 2010, my manuscript, Stronger Than Bone (HIDDEN), was a finalist in RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® contest. BURIED and VANISHED won the Daphne du Maurier award for romantic suspense in 2014 and 2015. BURIED was a 2014 International Thriller Writers's nominee for Best Paperback Original and Romantic Times Magazine's best Romantic Suspense of 2013.

I grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still live there with my husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. I am fascinated with forensics, refuse to eat anything green, and love a good Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai.