Read about Lies Agreed Upon, a contemporary mystery set in New Orleans and now available from Amazon in ebook and paperback formats. Also learn about upcoming publications, read reviews, and, for book clubs, see suggested discussion questions.
My mysteries combine research and personal experiences. Learn about the creative inspirations for Lies Agreed Upon and other mysteries in the works.
My "Novel Viewpoints" blog is a place for readers of fiction, especially mysteries and thrillers. I regularly post thoughts on the writing process in general and mystery writing in particular, including characterization, plotting, setting, style and more. I suggest research links and reading options in line with post themes.
My family roots are in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. But after an early childhood in Texas, I moved around the country and lived in seven other states, from Virginia to Hawaii. I currently reside in California with my husband and three adult children. I also have traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, and make regular visits to family in India. I began writing fiction in college and won a University of Michigan Hopwood Award for short fiction, but after graduation with a bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, I focused on journalistic writing, with a stress on business and economic topics. I worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for more than 15 years. I then shifted into management and marketing roles for firms in industries ranging from outdoor recreation to insurance to direct marketing. Although I still work as a marketing consultant, including copywriting, I now have the time to focus on my interest in creative writing, especially mystery novels.
My mysteries are not police procedurals but focus on untangling the dangerous secrets and transgressions within families and communities that lead to murder. I rely on an engaging cast of characters, description of evocative settings, and lively dialogue to lead an amateur sleuth protagonist (and reader) through a gradual peeling back of layers of history and deception, including self-deception, until the truths of hidden crimes are revealed. Kirkus Reviews has praised the characterization, dialogue and pacing of Lies Agreed Upon, describing it as an "engaging New Orleans mystery with romantic and humorous touches." Watch for my next mystery, The Cruelest Lies.