Welcome to my website. I’m a Chicago journalist and fiction writer with many years of experience working for newspapers and magazines. I’m also a proud member of the Midland Society of Authors and the Chicago Writers Association.
My fourth novel, Soundrise, was supposed to be released Jan. 19, but will now be released Feb. 28 by Story Plant Books (but read Latest News to find out what happened). The novel tells the story of an ancient technology that the protagonist, Derek Nilssen, discovers via his Internet searches with his friend, George Esterberg. It has fantasy, adventure and romance and involves travel everywhere from the American Southwest to Egypt. It will be available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book formats. See Where to Buy for more information.
My third novel, Dateline: Atlantis, was released by The Story Plant Books. Amaryllis Lang is a feisty but icy reporter finds pyramids and temples that had been covered by the sea for millennia, while snorkling off the coast of Mexico. However, someone doesn’t want the story published.
Partly guided by orb visions, half chased by vicious enemies, Amaryllis runs from L.A. to Chicago (where she encounters her old flame, attorney Donny Gregorios) to Florida and then to the Bahamas — the race is on to fulfill her dream of finding a sunken, ancient world, before anti-Atlantis operatives obscure the evidence forever.
My second novel, The God’s Wife, also on Story Plant, is about the days in Egypt when women – and one woman in particular – were one step away from the Pharaoh in power. The God’s Wife of Amun, believed to be the earthly bride of the most powerful god in ancient Egypt’s pantheon, was the head of Karnak the largest temple in Thebes, and a heady charge for a sixteen-year-old girl who’s been pushed into the role by an over-ambitious mother. It’s a role of great power, but one of immense danger, for every man in the kingdom will fight or work political angles to win her hand. Because who ever wins the God’s wife’s earthly hand will win the right to be the next Pharaoh.
My first novel, Excited Light, is out via ASJA Press, and is available at Amazon.
I went to WBBM-TV in Chicago for my first job as a news department production assistant (mainly delivering scripts and finding film clips). My first reporting job was at the Pioneer Press in suburban Chicago, then on to the Los Angeles Times, and eventually a long stint at the Chicago Sun-Times. At the Sun-Times I was an entertainment reporter, dance reviewer, and technology reporter, and helped develop the newspaper’s fledgling Web site. The site and staff won Best Innovation from the Inland Daily Press Association and the Dvorak Award for Web content.
I have been on television and radio talk shows, discussing arts topics that affect Chicago. In addition to the Sun-Times, I have been published in the Chicago Tribune as well as in numerous magazines, including The Industry Standard and Dance Magazine.
Fiction fills up whatever spare time I have, although I do stay active exercising.
Although technically a suburbanite, I live close to the Chicago border with my husband and two cats.