Thanks to my understanding hubby, I get to stay at home and play writer. Between my kindergartner’s busy life and taking care of the little ones at my in-home childcare, I stay pretty busy and love every minute of it.
I grew up watching crime shows with my dad and soap operas with my mom (R.I.P As The World Turns and Guiding Light), so it’s no surprise I’m a sucker for a good suspense novel with some romance thrown in. I’m fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind, and I have dedicated Thursday to exploring the dark crimes (sometimes creepy paranormal fun) that plague our society. My husband says I watch way too many true crime shows and shakes his head when I spout off my latest research on serial killers.
Don’t worry, my life isn’t all about the macabre. I love to garden – roses and lilies are my favorites – and I’m also learning to cook healthy after having reached my weight loss goal of 64 pounds. Of course, my family is the most important thing. My daughter is my pride and joy, and it’s amazing to watch her learn to read and cultivate her love of stories and characters.
The boring stuff: degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University with a minor in Sociology. At Drake, I wrote for the newspaper and Drake Magazine and helped to launch 515 Magazine, which now serves as the city magazine for Des Moines. After graduation, I wound up in advertising where I worked until the birth of my miracle child (we beat the odds of genetics) in December 2005. I chose to stay at home with her and my love for writing was reborn.
One long romance novel later (a work that will never see the light of day), I got serious about my writing career and writing my suspense novel set in Las Vegas. INTO THE DARK is currently on submission, and my new novel, THE PROPHET, is well underway.
Five Random Facts About Me:
- I’d love to renovate an authentic Victorian – preferably a haunted one.
- I have seven brothers and sisters.
- I grew up in a haunted house.
- I’m a great listener and a terrible talker.
- I believe Dexter is one of the best characters ever created.