I’m the second youngest of ten. Grew up on a river in rural Wisconsin. I loved teaching and coaching, loved counseling and as an administrator, I view situations through counselor’s eyes. I’ve always loved writing and I’m fortunate that folks like my work.
I think human kindness, the tenacity of survival, love, and hope. As the Prequel, Taking Lives, and the Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives, Shattered Lives, and soon to published Splintered Lives deals with child abduction and exploitation, I want readers to understand that this ugly world exists, but can be prevented and kids can be rescued and do come home. There is always, always hope, and as adults, we have to protect our children.
In sixth grade, I had a wonderful teacher, Sr. Josephe’ Marie, who would give us story starters. If we finished our work, we could go up to her desk and on a three by five index card, she would have a setting, perhaps a character, and a situation. Our task was to write a story. I have such fond memories of that. I am drawn to thriller/ mystery fiction, the genre I write in. I read Patterson, Baldacci, Sanford. I have been compared to Patterson by one reviewer, which is really humbling.
My style is similar to Patterson in that I write short chapters and always end in the action, forcing the reader to keep moving through the book. One reader stated that he cannot read me at night because at some point, he has to stop to sleep, and he finds it hard to do because I keep the pages turning.
The prequel, Taking Lives, and the first two books of The Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives, and Shattered Lives, and the forthcoming third book of The Lives Trilogy, Splintered Lives, deals with child abduction and the race to bring kids home, and when home, how the kids deal with their lives.