When it comes to expressing thoughts on paper, I followed my mentor’s advice  when she explained that great authors are not bound by genre; fiction or non-fiction; or poetry or prose. Writers write…period.

A published writer, editor and lyricist, I utilize my  life and work experiences, plus a vivid imagination to inspire the colorful characters and circumstances that appear in my novels, poems, short stories and essays. My  current projects include  a collection of poems, plus two separate crime/suspense novel series that feature my favorite protagonists–Ike Barney, a contemporary homicide detective, and Randal Murphy, a 1950s private eye.

A former Colorado  resident , the mountains are where I discovered my creative vein, and  eventually co-founded the  Fall River Writers group, Estes Park, Colorado. I also found the perfect job, as a Park Ranger with the National Park Service.  Presently, I reside near family in the Missouri Ozarks,  and serve as Vice-President for the St. Louis chapter of Sisters in Crime.