My Kitchen Writing Center

I write in the kitchen, under the supervision of my two standard poodles. I do my best, more creative writing standing up, though I spread my manuscript on the kitchen table for paper edits.

The Garden at Lavender Cottage

In What the Artist Left Behind and the Jericho stories, the center of Lizzie’s life is her home, Lavender Cottage. This is a detailed description I wrote, which I deleted from the book. A spruce hedge screened the yard from adjoining properties. It sloped downhill toward a stone retaining wall, with steps into Juliet’s section of the yard. A perennial border lined the top of the wall, showing remnants of daffodil foliage mixed with the lush new foliage of iris and day lilies.

I’ve been carrying around the characters of Lizzie Christopher and Nick Cameron for years. They’ve aged, worked in their respective professions, married spouses and had children. In my novels, they are both widowed, meet, and tentatively start merging their lives.…

Labor Day 2014

Colleges are in session and the leaves are starting to turn. On Labor Day, I always think of the restaurant job I had on Cape Cod during my college summers. I did much of my morning prep work at a…


Welcome to my author website. I’m querying my debut traditional mystery, Curtains for the Corpse, a 2019 Mainstream Mystery Daphne Finalist. An imposter posting as an economics professor coerces Jericho College students into his escort service. In Curtains for the…