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I live in Maryland, happily sandwiched between two of the most exciting cities in North America – Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. But the Mid-Atlantic hasn't always been home. I’ve visited and lived in many places – including Italy, Texas, Connecticut and Massachusetts – and all of them have inspired my novels of adventure, romance and mystery.
My books have hit the Waldenbooks Bestseller List, been nominated for the esteemed Agatha Christie Award and honoured by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Reluctant Readers. I have served as a judge on the Edgar Allan Poe Award Committee and continue my advocacy for literacy among children and adults.
My appetite for exotic destinations was sparked while living in Europe as a young military wife, and ever since then I have loved to travel with my characters to foreign lands. Before I turned to writing full time, I worked as an elementary school teacher, a department store sales associate, a bank clerk and a dance teacher. I still teach writing to adult students through Long Ridge Writers' Group and the Institute of Children's Literature, correspondence schools that instruct in the craft of fiction and nonfiction for publication. I love to share my three decades of experience in publishing with new writers. Today I live with my husband, Roger, on the outskirts of the nation's capital and visit my grown children and granddaughter as often as I can. We spend most of our summers aboard Purr, our classic Pearson 32' sailboat, cruising the Chesapeake Bay. When book deadlines loom, I keep on writing on my laptop while Roger trims the sails. Our two cats, Tempest and Miranda (named in honour of Shakespeare's final play and its heroine), generally prefer to remain on land.
I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists Inc. and Sisters in Crime. Some of my favourite places to get away from it all are a guest house in Bermuda, called Granaway (that was once owned by a Russian Princess!) and St. Thomas, in the gorgeous Virgin Islands. Now if those aren't amazing backdrops for a romance, what is?