Personal: I grew up at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and architectural community in Arizona and Wisconsin. Today, my family and I live in Scottsdale, Arizona where we soak up the sunshine. I have been published in The Battered Suitcase, Vagabondage Press; Short Thrills; and have been a Finalist for DeMarini Award in fiction, short listed for the Fish Publishing Award, and the Debut Dagger Award.
At age nineteen, I took the unusual step of adopting a three-year-old girl and raising her for thirty-six years. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and children, she is a successful beautician and cosmetologist. It was the most wonderful experience imaginable.
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There are pleasures in life that ground the soul, like coming home for the first time your freshman year in college. I just had a literary equivalent of that experience. Many months ago, I was possessed by demons who convinced me to review books for a major website. The tsunami that hit my inbox held [...]
What I learned from 37 Years of Mistakes: 9 Ideas for Toddler Parents Mother Nature is no dummy; she makes babies cute-n-cuddly for a reason—so you won’t mind slaving to someone else’s whim every moment of your life for the next twenty years. From the time your baby comes home until he or she goes [...]
In the first episode, Pia Sabel, heroine of The Geneva Decision, is hot on the trail of abducted children when a powerful bureaucrat steps in, threatening to slow her down. But she was there—she saw the heinous crimes—and will let nothing stop her. A few months earlier, she took the helm of her father’s security [...]
What I Did Wrong Before Becoming a Parent—and You Can Too! The biggest mistake I made is the one everyone lauds me for: unplanned parenting.* I thought it would be easy. I thought I could figure it out. I thought I would have help. Wait, I take all that back. I didn’t think. Not actively. [...]
Part I: Never Take Parenting Advice from an Expert Who Has Not Bailed a Child Out of Jail Why? Because without hardship, anything they tell you is just theory. Thirty-seven years ago, I was adopted by a precocious three-year-old. She saved my life. I wrote about it in a blog post (How Adopting a 3-yr-old [...]
If you’ve been reading my reviews for any length of time, you will recall that Mr. Giammatteo’s debut novel, Murder Takes Time, won the 2012 Seeley James Award for Best Indie Debut. It was a deserving book, but what separates career writers from flash-in-the-pans is the ability to keep writing great stories. Mr. Giammatteo has [...]
I don’t recall snorting crystal meth* so I’m not an authority on the subject. But I will tell you that the opening pages of GHOSTMAN are so vivid and real that I considered calling Roger Hobb’s family to plan an intervention. Maybe he made up all those details about crack and meth and has no [...]
Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel Nineteen books means you have a predetermined plot, repeat characters repeating their tired shtick, familiar clues on the same page number as the last book, and déjà vu chase scenes. If it were written by any other author, that would be a bad thing. In the hands of Ms. [...]
NYT Book Reviews are irrelevant – You NEED Rabble instead. As I write this blog post, Amazon lists ninety-one thousand, seven hundred ninety-eight (91,798) books in the “new releases, last 30 days” section. The NYT has eleven reviews on their books webpage.* The LA Times doesn’t mind making you scroll through all twenty-one of theirs; [...]
We Have a Winner! You people never cease to amaze me. You drove my debut novel into the top ten on Amazon!* I’m always worried that people will buy my book and never get around to reading it, so I devised a plan to reward the readers in the throngs of new readers. By posting [...]