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I grew up in western Massachusetts, the third in a family of seven children. It was shortly before I was born that my Dutch immigrant father and Southern-born mother packed everything up in the car and took us all north to start a new life. We settled in an eighteenth-century carriage house on ninety acres and began a long process of renovation.
After graduating as valedictorian of my high school class, I went on to major in journalism at Boston University. I enjoyed a brief stint as an arts and entertainment writer, then turned to writing fiction full-time and now have written more than fifty books.
Travel and research both play a large part in my writing. I can often trace the germination of a plot to the exact moment of inspiration. It's part of the fun of being a writer – you never know what will spark an idea. On a trip to the Netherlands some years ago, for instance, we did a tour of a canal-like waterway, and I kept thinking, ‘what would happen if a dead body floated by? What if it was an American?’ It's the way my mind works – around me, everyone else was admiring the quaint countryside. I was devising a murder story.
Once a plot is hatched, the real researching begins. My novels have taken me atop the northeast's highest peaks, onto a shooting range with a police academy instructor and across the world as I scout out locations and seek the authenticity that imbues my novels.
When I’m not working on my next book, I enjoy travelling, hiking and kayaking. I’ve set out to become a ‘four-thousand-footer’ by climbing all forty-eight peaks over four-thousand feet in the New Hampshire White Mountains, and I’m always planning my next trip – and the next adventure – either of which just might inspire a new story.
I currently live in Vermont, where my husband and I have recently renovated our mountain house not far from picturesque Quechee Gorge.
Casablanca, Now Voyager and The Philadephia Story