Hmmm. I've been trying to answer that for a long time.
I'm a mother, a wife, a teacher and a writer. I live in sunny California where the weather is gorgeous and the cheese is divine. I am one of a gaggle of sisters, all of whom make their homes in the San Francisco Bay area. I have been blessed with the opportunity to write which gives me a chance to take all those pesky daydreams and put them into story format. My greatest personal gift is a sense of humor. I am tickled by the quirks and ironies of life, and I try to put that in my writing. I figure that God put together this zany, mixed up world and He gave us humor to help us through.
I hope you find my books to be like a lovely chocolate: sweet and comforting, with a smidge of laughter and inspiration mixed in to lighten your heart. Ah the joy of it!
It’s as comforting as…well…a cup of tea on a cold winter’s day.
I am proud to be a writer for Barbour’s Heartsong Presents Mysteries line.
As a California native, it was a natural fit for my Up Finny’s Nose Series to take place in the wacky seaside town of Finny, where the newspaper boy is pushing eighty and a few folks are a couple sandwiches short of a picnic.
Enter Ruth Budge, a widow who discovers her dead husband’s secret novel and a body in the Central Park Fountain all in the same day. Will Ruth solve the murder with her sanity intact? Of course! This is a cozy we’re talking about, after all.
When I’m not wearing my Sherlock hat, I write romantic suspense for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense Line. Killer Cargo is coming from Love Inspired Suspense in June.
Transporting pet supplies—and the occasional bunny—is routine for pilot Maria de Silva. Discovering drugs amidst her shipments of kitty litter is not. Out of fuel in the Oregon wilderness, Maria barely escapes with her life when dealers meet her on the runway. She finds refuge at Cy Sheridan's idyllic animal sanctuary—a whole new world for this city girl. But Maria fears that her drug-smuggling client will take revenge against the man—and animals—she's come to love. Is there a wolf in sheep's clothing lurking in the woods?
Juggling the two genres keeps my busy in between girl scout meetings and my work at an elementary school. My own little girls can get enough of a good mystery either. Must be something in the water here in California!
So let’s hear from you folks at Seekerville. What do you like in a cozy?
Or in any mystery, for that matter.
What really puts the “EEEEEE!” in your favorite mystery?