Before venturing into the wild and wonderful world of novels, I wrote for magazines, newspapers and university publications nationwide. One of the highlights of my work was editing of a journal that was distributed to all physicians in Russia. Another zenith was developing an award-winning program to help doctors help their patients quit smoking.

In my so-called spare time, I help run Storybee.org, a website where children and teens can listen to free audio recordings of stories being told by professional storytellers. The site is being used in schools, libraries, hospitals and homes around the world.

Originally from Massena, NY, where The Blood Lies is set, I now live in Western Massachusetts with my husband, Alan, our two daughters, and two frisky dogs. I graduated from Cornell University, where I was thrilled to win the university’s Fleischman Scholarship for Writing Achievement.


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