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B I O

I’m a fiction writer and have been working on my stories since 1983. That’s when my second boy was born and I figured I better have something to keep my brain going! I have published over 30 novels, short stories, and articles. I once was the film reviewer for the BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN newspaper and love movies. I  served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Ass’n of Crime Writers/North America. Every summer I join the faculty for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, critiquing, workshopping, and talking writing with writers of all stripes. I lived in Wyoming twice, in Jackson and Lander, twenty years apart. In between, and now, I am home in Montana. I still remember all the words to that childhood song I learned in fourth grade: “My home’s in Montana, I wear a bandanna, my spurs are of silver, my pony is gray…”  So far I have neither pony nor spurs but I love my home state.

I went to high school and college in Lincoln, Nebraska, at Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska, where I had a double major in broadcast journalism and sociology. I got a master’s degree in communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I live in rural Madison County, Montana, along one of America’s premier trout rivers. I have a cat! And a husband, two sons, two granddaughters and a grandson.

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I love hearing from readers. I find my books often have a bit of philosophy in them, about how life affects you in different stages. And crime, always a bit of bloody crime. (Except for All Your Pretty Dreams. That’s my “new adult” novel.)

My small press, operated with Katy Munger is Thalia Press. You can order my books from any bookstore, or find them online at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and GooglePlay


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