Author, Editor, Writing Coach


Edgar Award Nominee
Amazon's Bestseller's List in 2 Categories
Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award
Coffee Time Reviewers Choice Award

As an editor, I specialize in your 1st Chapter, the most critical pages of your novel. Surveys taken in bookstores have clocked the time a customer selects and opens your book and decides to either buy or select another book as 7 SECONDS. You must engage that customer by your opening page, usually your first three or four paragraphs, or you've lost them. The same rule applies to the "Look Inside" feature on books listed on Amazon.

What does it take to keep them reading? Your hook of course, but what does that involve? If you're not sure your opening is dynamic enough to entice a browser to buy, I can help you. Along with story structure, the class on a novel's opening pages was of special interest and study. Please check my page on Your Critical 1st Chapter.


Most of my stories are mystery and/or suspense about women in crisis. I highlight a problem and offer possible solutions while celebrating the inner strength we women sometimes forget we possess.

I ventured to "the dark side" with a paranormal, THE HOUSE ON SERPENT LAKE, and I loved it. I'm currently working on another dark fantasy/horror with romantic elements.

I love things that go bump in the night whether they're serial killers or other strange creatures. I've written about those pesky beings who intrude on or lives with deadly force in several of my novels. I hope you enjoy them.

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My interview with Don McCuly, host of THE AUTHOR'S SHOW:

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*   The University of Iowa 
*   Gotham Novel Writers Workshop
*   Creative Writing, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver
*   Writers Digest Novel Writing Course


*  Several novels - mystery/suspense & the paranormal
*  Wrote an instructional how-to write complete with charts I designed
*  Short stories of approx 8,000-10,000 words published in a women's magazine
*  Short stories published in literary magazines
*  Wrote articles for 3 newspapers
*  Wrote articles for Women on Writing
*  Certified editor
*  Edited novels for a small press
*  Acquiring editor for a small press
*  Freelance editor 
*  Led 1st Chapter workshops for various writers' clubs in two states
*  Instructional speaking engagements through various libraries in SoCal
*  Government security clearance as required to proofread/edit secret aerospace docs

I love to share what I've learned. If I can help you, please CONTACT ME.

Thank you!    

If you're a writer, published or aspiring, and you  live in the Inland Empire area of Southern California, you're welcome to join my writers's group. We meet once a month at a local restaurant where you'll meet other writers as well. It's free to join.

Happy Writing, and

Good Luck!