My addiction to mysteries followed a familiar trajectory. Innocent dabbling with the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew led to a craving for stronger stuff—Christie, Conan Doyle, Poe—so that by the age of twelve I had a habit that couldn’t be broken. Earning a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and an MA in English from New York University developed my other passion, for the classic British novel.
The two came together in my preference for British crime fiction. Many of my favorite mystery writers come from across the pond: P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter, R.D. Wingfield, Val McDermid, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, and those ersatz Brits, Elizabeth George and Peter Robinson. Of course, I’m a fan of many great American writers too: Laura Lippman, Jess Walter, Lou Berney, and Lisa Gardner, to name just a few.
My first novel, Take the Bait, was published in 2003, and I’ve been writing crime novels and short stories ever since. Currently I divide my time between writing and teaching creative writing to enthusiastic teens and adults, and expository and remedial writing to reluctant college freshmen. I live in Morristown, New Jersey with my husband, and occasional visits from my twenty-something children. My dog Libby is my faithful writing companion.