I write because I have to. I am lucky that I get to work from home and that I have very understanding loved ones, friends, and companion animals who understand my need to create. And my need to appropriate conversations like a bird collecting twine.
California-based, I was born in Australia, “the land of football, meat pies, kangaroos, and Holden cars.” Influenced from an early age by the writings of explorer Louis Becke, I idolized his spare prose and the fact that he wrote right up until the minute he died. With his boots on. Though writing and music run in my family, I wish I could also sing, but I can’t. I also wish I’d inherited my grandfather’s ability to play the clarinet. But I didn’t. I still envy my late grandmother’s ability to crochet, because I can’t do that either.
From the time I was ten, writing has been my passion. I wrote long, tortured love letters to my favorite singer (John Farnham) and favorite movie star (Richard Chamberlain). These were never sent, or answered, and prepared me well for future romantic and literary disappointment. I’ve been a journalist for nearly four decades and have juggled intriguing jobs that have fueled my novels, though not made me wealthy.
Dark Dawn and its sequels Darker Dawn and Sunflower were my first mystery novels, and I have a brand new book, City of Refuge, the first in my Moneymaker series. The heroine, Uschi Moneymaker, is a cold case detective who first appeared in Sunflower.
I am now working on Following Sea, a historic novel based on real events, set in Honolulu in 1888.
I’m also working on a series of books featuring Nina Eleni Santor, a Greek-American female U.S. Marshal. These are due to be released in the fall of 2018.