I love creating colorful characters for my crime fiction. In my day job as an attorney for a Texas appellate court, I have gleaned some of the reasons why individuals betray those closest to them, and what motivates some criminals to do what they do.
I’m a native Kansan who migrated to Texas over fifteen years ago. I believe being born and raised in Kansas gave me a wholesome start in this world. Being the baby of the family (I have a twin brother who’s a mere fifteen minutes older than me and three older siblings) and the smallest, I often found myself alone with my imagination and my books. My love of reading led to one of the proudest moments of my life when, at age 7, I won a first-place ribbon from my local library for reading the most books during the summer. Since then, I’ve written rhyming poetry and short stories. If the love of telling stories has a genetic connection, then my desire to make up stories comes straight from my father. His vivid oratories about ghosts, monsters, and unusual people kept me and my siblings entertained during both stormy and full-moon nights.
I always wanted to learn the craft of writing and not simply know how to make things up. So, when my daughter went off to college, I decided to do the same. Going to college as an adult was a challenge, but incredibly worthwhile. When I finally received my B.A. in English, with a creative writing emphasis, little did I know my learning journey would lead me to law school. I had friends and a few professors warn me that spending three years in law school would wreck my creativity. But, I knew better. Getting a law degree and moving to Texas enhanced by determination to continue telling my stories, although they now usually contain crimes and criminals.
I live in a Dallas suburb with my four furry girls: a sweet-tempered Pug, two sassy Chihuahuas, and a cantankerous Shar-Pei. I’m a member of Mystery Writers of America, Southwest Division and Sisters in Crime. I don’t write science fiction yet, but it is my favorite genre to read. I love everything Star Trek. I also love reading mysteries and tales about the Old West. I participate in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) every November, using that event to plot out my newest novel and write a first draft.
Feel free to contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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