B.A. (English), University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
M.A. (Communication), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Ph.D. (Communication), The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
Of course, my undergraduate degree gave me the basics of writing. My emphasis in communication has been interpersonal communication. For that reason I am very interested in relationships. In my writing this translates into smooth flowing and realistic dialogue as well as strong character development.
My interest has been primarily in murder mysteries in a series of books featuring Sedona Detective Galanta Flynn working with a group of four mid-teen prodigies enrolled at Arizona State University. The team is brought together in the first in the series ("Last Exit") to solve what the FBI is calling an unsolvable case. There are four complete works in the series ranging from 60 to 80 thousand words each.
My current project deviates from the above. It is an updated twist on "My Fair Lady" in which a down-on-her-luck young woman is picked up by an older man who polishes the gem she is, and turns her into a masterful industry executive. There is no sex between them. However the man has a wastrel son who expects to inherit and sell his father's business. Instead, when the older man dies he leave 49% to his son and 51% to the young woman. The rest of the book deals with how they come together to work out the dilemma.