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Before I began writing for a living, I was a partner in a Chicago law firm specialising in medical malpractice defence and entertainment law. In 2001 I joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and have taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law, among others.
I started out writing womens fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. My first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books the year by BarnesandNoble.com and my first trilogy, released in 2009, received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.
While researching my sixth novel, The Rome Affair, I was led to the criminal case of a nineteen year old young man charged with murder, sitting in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, I joined a renowned criminal defence attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring my first non-fiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him.
My books are now published in over twenty two countries and have been translated into more than thirteen languages. I am also a freelance magazine writer and have been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman’s Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman’s Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.
Inspired by Mosley’s case and his challenges of re-joining society, I founded Loyola’s Life After Innocence – an organisation that assists wrongfully convicted individuals or other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.
To find out more about me or the work that I do, please visit my website.