newheadshot-3Welcome to my website, and I do hope you enjoy your visit. Even though my previous cyber home was very nice, I decided that a site that was all inclusive would be better. That way people wouldn’t have to go to different places for my BLOG and for information about my BOOKS and my EDITORIAL SERVICES.


When I found this picture, I thought it was an appropriate illustration since I did start writing with a pen and paper those many moons ago before computers.


While I now write by typing on a keyboard, I still love the look and feel of a fine fountain pen.

Most days I can be found in my office, typing away on said keyboard, but sometimes other commitments take me away from that daily routine, and I have been known to snarl just a bit when that happens. We writers tend to be a bit obsessed about the need to be working, but it is true that if we are removed from the creative process for long periods of time, we become stale.

We never want to do that.

Stale is bad for brownies and bread and stories.



If you live in Texas and plan to go to the Texas State Fair in Dallas this month, do check out the Food and Fiber exhibit for the Go Texan Bookstore that has a number of books by Texas authors for sale. I’m so happy that Doubletake and Open Season are sharing shelf space there with so many other fine books from Texas writers. Both books are set in Dallas and feature strong women homicide detectives.

book display at State Fair

I am so excited that Doubletake, the mystery I wrote with Margaret Sutton has garnered more recognition. In addition to being named the Best Mystery for 2015 by the Texas Association of Authors in April, it was chosen as a semi-finalist in the East Texas Writer’s Guild First Chapter Contest in July.

ET Writer's Guild badgwThere were two categories to enter in the first chapter contest – published books and unpublished books – so I entered Evelyn Evolving, the book I am working on now, in the latter category. It was chosen as a finalist. There were a lot of entries from all over the world, so I was very honored to be included among such a prestigious list of authors. You can read the first chapter now at Venture Galleries.

finalist badgeProduction of the audio book for Open Season  was just completed and the book is available now at Audible.com. If you sign up for an Audible membership you can get the book free, and I still get a royalty.  What a deal.

Plus, for a short time, I have some coupon codes to give-away for FREE COPIES in exchange for a review. CHECK HERE FOR DETAILS

NOW available at  Amazon *** iTunes 

The Thrills & Mystery Podcast includes an interview JD Core did with me recently. If you would like to know a bit about my approach to writing, acting, and working with young people, check it out. If you sign up for the newsletter, you can receive a collection of short stories FREE – mine is Escaping Raul – and some other gifts. It is our way of saying “Thank You” to our readers.

Here is a link to another interview, this one in print. It is on the Before It’s News website and was so much fun to do.

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