It all started with Mary Poppins and Perri the Squirrel - when I discovered out that I could keep the books I bought from the Scholastic sale. Shortly thereafter, I picked up a #2 pencil and haven't stopped writing. (The #2 pencil eventually morphed into an iBook.)
My first love was always the supernatural. Tolkien and Bram Stoker still figure prominently in my library, except now they nestle side-by-side with Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte, Charles deLint, Naomi Novik and many more modern-day paranormal authors.
The baby me read way above my grade level, quickly graduating to so-called adult reading...no, not that - get your mind out of the gutter! (okay, that came later). Fairy tales and myths were soon joined by Nancy Drew (the ones with the yellow and blue covers), Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan of the Apes (the Ballantine pb editions) and Doc Savage.
As the years passed, my love for reading grew, my love for writing grew even stronger. In 2004, my first published fiction appeared in Chesapeake Crimes, a short story entitled The Butler Didn't Do It. The story was nominated for an Agatha Award for best short story.
The following year, my first full-length novel appeared. Matters of the Blood was published by a small press and unfortunately, too soon fell out of print. The good news, the book was picked up by Juno Books, an imprint of Wildside Press and will be available in March 2007.
Chesapeake Crimes II, the second anthology in the series and co-edited by me and Donna Andrews will be out in late 2006.
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