My journey to Blood Atonement, Clear and Convincing Evidence, and Tarnished Gold began at the University of Wyoming. While attending UW I discovered a love for writing in general and mysteries in particular.
My first fiction writing class compelled me to write more than “just a story.” Thoughts of twists, turns, red herrings, clues, and making them all fit into one story fascinated me. That first short story, Murder at Wainwright, was a mystery set on the UW campus that later was revised into CACE.
In another semester, an internship in the Toppan Rare Books Library led me into another direction. With books dating from the 1800s, I wrote a thesis that examined women in nineteenth-century Mormon polygyny. That paper won a student competition at the university’s American Heritage Center. My accumulated research led to Blood Atonement, a historical mystery.
Other writing credits include a co-authored feature story for the UW newspaper Branding Iron, and two articles in the Holloman Sunburst. I was first a student and then a faculty member of the Wyoming Writing Project. I designed the logo and cover for the 2005 Owen Wister Review, the university’s literary and arts magazine. That issue garnered OWR its first Magazine Pacemaker Finalist award by the Associated Collegiate Press. I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art. I contributed a chapter for the New Zealand anthology Hamiltons of the World.
My life has taken dramatic turns. Before becoming hooked on writing mysteries, I entered the U.S. Air Force at 17 and retired 24 years later.
Blood Atonement was my first trade-published novel. My second trade-published novel Clear and Convincing Evidence was followed by self-published Tarnished Gold.