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It’s five years now since the Thomas Fire burned our neighborhood to the ground. Though we try not to spend our time looking back, that moment was a dividing line in our lives. We count everything in terms of either “before” or “after” that life-changing date.

When people ask about my writing journey, all I can do is express wonder that I’m where I am today. In a very dark period, I wrote my first Molly Madison mystery. It was a wonderful distraction. And when Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin Random House wanted to publish it, I was stunned. I had been struggling for so many months and trying to stay positive in the face of so much loss, having something that amazing happen was hard to believe. But happen it did.

And that’s part of the journey. The bad, the good, the unexpected. Bottom line: My husband and I are extremely lucky. We got out with our pets. We had insurance which provided temporary lodging. Our veterinarian boarded our pets at no charge. And, even after the ill-fated rebuild, we were able to move and wind up somewhere we love.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is (to loosely quote the Grateful Dead–and I mean very loosely): When life knocks you down, keep on Trucking!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2023.

About Me

A lifelong mystery fan, I’m a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime National, and Sisters in Crime Los Angeles. I am represented by Melissa Jeglinski of The Knight Agency.

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