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I was born in Ontario, Canada, the youngest child of two immigrants. My mother emigrated from East Germany after World War II. My British father was hired to work as an engineer on the ill-fated Avro Arrow project.
When I was two, my family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up by the ocean has shaped both my life, and my writing. I attended the University of King's College, where I took the Foundation Year Program, studying the greatest works of Western Civilization. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in English Literature. Following that, I studied law and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar. I've always had an interest in public policy, so I returned to university to complete a masters degree in Public Administration.
I then worked as a strategy consultant for an international consulting firm, travelling all over North America. When I had my first child, my local office closed and I decided to stay home with my young family; a period in my life for which I am very grateful. It also gave me an opportunity to exhume my old passion for writing.
Inspired by a criminal case in the United States, and drawing on my professional career at a blue-chip firm, I wrote Damaged, the first of four planned books in the Kate Lange series. Damaged was released by MIRA Books in June 2010. Indefensible, book #2 of the series, was inspired by recent wrongful accusation cases, and was released in January 2011. Tattooed, the third book of the series was released in June 2012.
I currently live in Halifax, with my husband, two children and one adorable pug.