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The Basics: I grew up in a small, three-bedroom ranch house in Wisconsin. From early on, I've loved to read, so much that when I was a little kid I remember my mother ordering me to put the book down and go out and play. My husband and I moved to Texas for his job in 1980. We live in Houston with our dog, a funny and fluffy white and gray Havanese named Nelson. I love it here.
My Career: A late bloomer, I finished college in my early thirties and then spent nearly twenty years writing for magazines. It's been a lot of fun, and, in the process, I contributed more than 100 articles to national magazines that include: Ladies' Home Journal, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, Seventeen, MORE, Town & Country, and Readers' Digest.
Although I travel often to do research, Texas is not only my home but my favorite subject. I began my career at the late-but-great Houston City Magazine. That's where I covered my first murder case, the incredible story of a deadly love triangle in The Big Thicket, the wide expanse of pine forests that blends Texas into Louisiana. That case is the subject of one of my new ebook shorts, Texas Love Triangle Murder. From that point on, I was hooked. One of my favorite magazine pieces ran in Rolling Stone in March, 1988: Blues and Bad Blood, recounting a brutal double murder. Also a true crime short, that piece, updated, is now available on Kindle and Nook. It's a sad story but an amazing tale, mixing music, drugs, and murder.
In the years that followed, I was the editor of Ultra, a state-wide, monthly magazine that catered to the well-heeled set. I was never really the diamonds-and-caviar type, so it was way out of my niche, but, hey, it was fun, and I went to the most extravagant parties. No doubt they cost more than I made those years. Since then, I've written articles on everything from infertility to the McCaughey septuplets, interviewed celebrities including four first ladies and a president, and had more than my share of unforgettable experiences. In fact, I've covered many of the biggest stories in recent history, including interviewing victims in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Oklahoma City days after the bombing. Not long after September 11, I traveled to New Jersey to talk with Lisa Beamer whose husband, Todd, uttered that famous battle cry "Let's Roll."
I was looking for a good subject for my first book in 1992 when I interviewed Linda Bergstrom for a magazine article. I knew immediately that I had found the right case. The result: EVIL BESIDE HER (formerly titled THE RAPIST'S WIFE). Following that, along came Susan White, Kent McGowen and A WARRANT TO KILL. Then I was off to Austin for the next three books, the first SHE WANTED IT ALL, on the Celeste Beard case, followed by DIE, MY LOVE, on the Piper Rountree case, set in Austin/Houston/ and Richmond, Virginia. My most recent true crime book, A DESCENT INTO HELL, on the Colton Pitonyak case, is a truly tragic Austin case, deeply troubling. The research took me into the world of college kids, drugs, sex, and guns. In DESCENT, three college-age kids with the whole world ahead of them slide into dangerous territory, and two end up committing a terrible, terrible crime.
Finally, after two decades covering crime, I've relied on my experiences and expanded into fiction. The result: SINGULARITY, my first novel, published by St. Martin's Minotaur. The first in a series, SINGULARITY introduces Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong, the Texas Rangers' lone profiler, as she hunts a seriously strange killer. The case quickly takes over Armstrong's life and nearly destroys her. The second in the series, BLOOD LINES, is now out, and THE KILLING STORM is scheduled for fall 2010.
I'm a member of the Author's Guild and Mystery Writers of America. I do enjoy the writing, and I sincerely hope you enjoy the reading!