I was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Overland Park and Olathe, Kansas. I’ve lived in Austin for …well, never mind how long. We non-natives say things like, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could.” Then we snort.

Seriously, I grew up in a semi-rural suburb of Kansas City, which means that a massive mall was less than twenty minutes away but I could have a horse. My brother had a chicken. Both of us agree his was the better pet, but that’s another story.

I attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where graduated with honors in English. Soon after, I moved to Austin with its thriving software community and managed to obtain semi-respectable employment as a technical writer.

As time passed, I found myself thinking that it was time to dust off the dreams I’d had back in Kansas. I joined the Writers’ League of Texas, bought a laptop, and stared at the blank screen in between endless rounds of FreeCell (at which I’m now exceptionally proficient). Then I had the opportunity to take a tour of Egypt, and I was dazzled.  By the time I got back, I had a plot, I had characters, and I couldn’t wait to get started.

DEATH ON TOUR was published after winning the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel award. DEATH MAKES THE CUT was released in July, 2012, and I’m very pleased to say that I have now completed the manuscript for the third Jocelyn Shore mystery.

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