I write fiction, nonfiction, travel articles, stage plays, and have just completed my most challenging endeavor. The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story, a true story set in the 1940s and 50s, is about Audubon ornithologist Robert Porter Allen whose mission was to journey into the Canadian wilderness to save the last flock of whooping cranes before encroaching development wiped out their nesting site, sending them into extinction. Published by University Press of Florida, the book is scheduled for release in 2012.
I also write the award-winning Sydney Lockhart mystery series set in the 1950s when women were caught between the dichotomy of career and marriage; when fashion exploded with a never-before-seen flair; and movies and music had the country dancing with gusto. My first mystery, Murder at the Arlington, won the 2008 Salvo Press Manuscript Contest. This book, along with my second mystery, Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Before bringing Sydney into the world of murder and mayhem, I published three mystery-trivia books, (What’s Your Agatha Christie I.Q.?, The Alfred Hitchcock Triviography and Quiz Book, and The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book.
When I’m is not writing, I spend much of my time traveling with my husband on the backroads and byways around the country, looking for new venues for mysteries and bird watching along the Texas coast and beyond. It was my passion for birds led to the publication The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane.
After graduating from University of Texas at Austin with a degree in physical anthropology, I taught middle-school science for 25 years. I was a staff writer for AustinFit magazine from 1997-2002. My articles have appeared in Cape Cod Life, Marco Polo, Agatha Christie Chronicle, and Home Cooking Magazine. I’m is a frequent contributor to Texas Highways magazine.
When too road weary, we split time between our two favorite places, the Pacific Northwest and the Texas Coast. It’s tough though, having been born with the original sin of wanderlust. Nonetheless, my laptop is nicely stowed in her bag and a bird-reference book and binoculars are always on the front seat.