An unidentified murder victim is found in a homeless camp under the 405 freeway. When Detective Brenda Jordan is called to the scene, she recognizes the victim as a trans-man, and the murder as, most likely, a hate crime. With her partner, Detective Daniel Ross, and his wife, Dr. Hannah Kline, taking a week off to get to know a new family member, Brenda is on her own. She must [...]
The Queen of Mean I've recently published a new short story, The Queen of Mean, in the 2021 Sisters in Crime LA Anthology, Avenging Angelenos. In this story, an emergency room physician encounters her old high school nemesis during the Covid pandemic, and contemplates a revenge she was unable to orchestrate as a teenager. The anthology is a collection of stories about protagonists bent on avenging past wrongs. It is [...]
I'm delighted to announce that Murder in the Family will soon be released as an audiobook. The narrator is Cassandra Campbell, and the Director/ Producer is Jessica Kaye. I'll be sending an announcement and putting the distribution links on this site. Stay tuned.
I'm one of the co-Chairs for the California Crime Writer's Conference. This year it will be VIRTUAL and FREE on Saturday June 12th 2021. We have some terrific, best-selling, diverse authors for panels and workshops. I'll be moderating a panel: Some Like it Hot: Adding Romance and Sex to Your Mysteries. For more details and to register go to CCWConference.org.
2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. The only good thing I can say about being under virtual house arrest since March, is that is has given me plenty of time to write. Murder is a Nightmare was published this year and I am half way through the next novel in the Hannah Kline series. This one will be about a hate crime, and will feature Detective [...]
I was recently asked to write a blog for Kings River Life, an online magazine for mystery writers with reviews, news and articles about our genre. I decided to write about the event that propelled me into writing. Here's a link. https://kingsriverlife.com/10/07/how-a-real-life-murder-began-my-journey-as-a-mystery-writer/
Please join me on August 20th at 7 PM PST for House Arrest. I will be reading from my newest novel, Murder is a Nightmare. You don't have to be a Sisters in Crime member to attend. Mix your favorite drink and relax with a group of entertaining authors. Register at sistersincrimela.com/housearrest
My newest mystery features Hannah Kline's best friend, Dr. Andrea Marcus in a psychological thriller. Meet Dr. Andrea Marcus. She’s a Psychiatrist , Dr. Hannah Kline’s closest friend, and she has a problem. She’s just accepted a new patient, and she’s taken an instant dislike to him. Patient, Blake Harris, is narcissistic, arrogant, and controlling. He’s in therapy under protest, because his recurrent nightmares are interfering with his sleep, and [...]
Our Writer's Group with Leader Linda Schreyer (seated) at the Ojai Inn For the past eight years, the same group of six women have been meeting once a year, under the leadership of editor and writing teacher Linda Schreyer, to share and critique our work. After all this time, we know one another's work, characters and lives so well, that feedback is easy and productive. We've always chosen tranquil settings, [...]
Have you ever wondered how to find the perfect artist for your cover? When I first self-published the Hannah Kline series, I had fun designing my own covers, but when Third Street Press took over my series and began publishing the second edition, we needed a professional. Fortunately the publisher had an artist she had worked with extensively, and he designed the first three covers and established the "brand." Then, [...]