As a kid, I read and read and read. Laura Ingalls, Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden were my close companions, and I was never without a book in hand. Today, mysteries are my primary reading genre. I enjoy Lee Child, Karen Rose, Robert Crais, Lisa Gardner, Michael Connelly, and Tami Hoag. But I also love sweeping historicals by Diana Gabaldon or to escape with a contemporary romance.
I decided to try my hand at writing a novel after I read a newspaper article about NaNoWriMo. Heck, I can do that. I sat down and wrote a contemporary romance but kept tripping over dead bodies in each chapter. I got the hint and my stories evolved into romantic suspense.
I joined my local Romance Writers of America chapter, the Rose City Romance Writers, and found a fabulous community dedicated to educating its members about writing and publishing. I also belong to International Thriller Writers and the Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA.
In 2010 my manuscript, Stronger Than Bone (HIDDEN), was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart® contest. I won the Daphne du Maurier award for romantic suspense in 2014, 2105, and 2016, and my books have appeared on the WALL STREET JOURNAL's best seller list four times. BURIED was a 2014 International Thriller Writers's nominee for Best Paperback Original and Romantic Times Magazine's best Romantic Suspense of 2013.
I grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still live there with my husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. I am fascinated with forensics, refuse to eat anything green, and love a good Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai.