I grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. My mother told my brothers and I the house was haunted in order to keep us out of the attic. (She didn't think it was safe). My mom could tell a really scary story, and I clearly remember lying in my bed at night and hearing the floorboards creak as the ghost walked back in forth in the room over mine. I'm not sure if there really was a ghost, but her tales inspired in me a deep love of storytelling.
When I was thirteen, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis and spent the next five years in a back brace. It wasn't fun. Fortunately by then I was a teenager and obsessed with horses. I became a barn rat, and spent my days tacking lesson horses and dreaming about one day owning my own horse. My big break came when a former Olympic rider decided to let me ride one of his horses. "Pops" and I hit it off, and even competed at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
At Emory University in Atlanta, I earned a B.A. in psychology, but then decided to pursue the dream of writing by attaining a master's degree in fine arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. I worked many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time mom and fiction writer. I've been married to my wonderful husband Michael for 24 years and have two beautiful daughters (who growing up both loved and feared my scary stories).
My favorite books are ones that make me laugh, cry, worry, or scare me enough to check the locks on the doors. I like to write humor and my stories are often filled with quirky characters searching for love who ultimately find redemption in their faith.
The furry friend pictured with me is Daisy - an eight-pound terrier mix. She's about a year and a half old. She enjoys going for long walks, cuddling on the couch and chasing squirrels.
Special thanks to photographer Karen Humphreys.
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