After graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with a degree in journalism, I worked in New Orleans to earn my PhT [put husband through]. Ended up with my fingerprints on file at the FBI as a registered representative for a brokerage company, then I served as an officer at a Fortune 500 bank as a technical writer and trainer. Spending days in meetings while people bicker about whether or not use of ‘he’ in a policy will offend the female employees was akin to punishment for someone nursing dreams of writing novels.
After hubby graduated we moved to central Florida where I wrote for magazines and hammered out my first novel. It’s buried where no one will find it. Next, I launched into the serious study of the craft of writing fiction while raising a daughter. I took short-term jobs, like teaching report writing at the local police academy with a detective and a police lieutenant, and editing for two small publishing houses.
Hubby took up flying, so I took a course to learn how to call for help and land the plane. I fell in lust with flying and earned my private pilot’s license in 1996 and the instrument rating in 2000. I wrote for various aviation magazines. Since 2010, I have taught workshops on writing dialogue to share techniques learned from undergraduate and graduate courses in playwriting. My first book in the Compass Crimes Series, South of Justice, came out in print and eBook formats on May 15, 2016. The second book is North of the Killing Hand which was released October 16, 2016. Each book runs about 95,000 words and has a crime as the central story and a romantic subplot with a strong female protagonist. North of the Killing Hand is a prequel to South of Justice.
Here is an interview hosted by Jane Waters Thomas, who asked me about the writing process: Click Here.
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As of 2017, I am serving on the Arts & Humanities Advisory Board for Southeastern University.
If you can’t find me at home, look up for a blue and white Cessna 210. We put a new engine in the beauty in 2015. And yes, the smell of avgas excites me.