What have you written?
"God's Prey" and "The Legacy of Egypt"
What is your favorite genre to write?
Anything with sugar in it.
Where would you like to visit?
Anywhere, everywhere. I would love to take a longboat trip through the rivers in France.
Briefly describe your career in journalism.
Thirty years, writing and editing for the Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, OH, and the Tribune Chronicle, Warren, OH; executive editor Thomson Newspapers' Town Crier weeklies;
copy editor, USA Today.
Favorite musical artist.
How old were you when you started writing?
I was fourteen. I published an article in Western Horseman magazine at sixteen.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From my own life, history, news stories.
What do you do when you get writer's block?
Well, I don't know. I get one every time it's crucial not to get writer's block. On deadlines, etc.
Who is your favorite author?
For years it was a toss-up between Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier. Today it's Julia Spencer-Fleming, Donna Leon, and always, always Agatha Christie.
Best book you ever read.
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My mother set the tone for my behavior. My father let me know it was okay to be both smart and female.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
God. I would ask him/her one word: Why?
What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a write?
Write. John D. MacDonald, who wrote the popular Travis McGee mystery series in the 70s, told me in an interview once that "you can't learn to write." You either are a writer or you are not. You won't know unless you write.
Where can your work be purchased?
A review of "God's Prey"
The offer to help research the genealogy of a prominent Ohio family seems like the perfect opportunity to help librarian Amanda Elliot to heal after losing her beloved husband. But from the first day she arrives at Poynter House, Mandy senses something is terribly out of kilter.