|Occupation||writer, author of cozy mysteries featuring sassy country gals|
|Location||Morris, New York|
|Introduction||I’m a country girl. I grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois and earned my Ph. D. in psychology from the University of Georgia. I was a professor, university administrator, and college vice president. I liked my career in academe, especially working with young adults. Then I got an even better life, my life as a writer. Now I live in upstate New York and call the river valleys there home for half the year. Like the ducks swimming in the Butternut Creek in back of my house, my husband Glenn and I migrate south for the winter, not to the beaches of Florida, but to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office. We dance to country western music and people-watch in cowboy hangouts. Back north, mornings are spent renovating an 1874 cottage on the Butternut Creek. I devote my afternoons to writing and, when the sun sets, relaxing on the bank of the trout stream, sipping tea or a local microbrew.|
|Interests||writing, hiking, house renovation, working out, talking about writing|
|Favorite Books||Anything written by Elizabeth George, Janet Evanovich, Robert Parker, Nevada Barr|
What's the most amount of sand you've ever had in your swimming trunks?
I've never worn swimming trunks!