About me

If you had asked me when I was ten years old what I wanted to be, I would have said a writer. But life is funny. The times I grew up in and my family background led me to become a scientist instead. So I went into science research, then science teaching. After 20+ years of high school teaching I became a college professor. Now many years later, I am back to my childhood dream: I’m a writer!

I’ve always been an avid reader, starting with my discovery of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books when I was 6 or 7 years old. I still read a lot, mostly detective fiction, and this has inspired me to write detective novels as well as the Matty Trescott books. I was thrilled when Ring Out Wild Bells was nominated for an Agatha, one of the major awards in detective fiction.

I have also loved Broadway musicals my whole life. I grew up in New York City and still go to Broadway when I can. Now that I live in Connecticut, I also enjoy the Goodspeed Opera House, the Williamstown Theater Festival and other regional theaters. My other love is movies — the classics by Alfred Hitchcock and Frank Capra and other directors of the 1930s-1950s, as well as the great movie musicals of that era.

Currently I live in Connecticut with my husband Steve. I have a grown daughter, Jill Susannah, who lives with her husband Baird, in Minnesota.  And I have two granddaughters, Zoë and Celeste.

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2 Responses to “About me”

  1. Freddy K. Says:


    I found your delicious blog browsing around mystery blogs. I’m looking for a classic murder mystery story that takes place in an asylum or institution; I can’t seem to think of any. Do you have any pointers?

    Thank you

    • Hmm.. that’s a toughie. I can think of classic mystery in a hospital (Green for Danger) or a boarding school or an old folks home, but not an asylum.

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