Who am I?

First and foremost, I’m a writer who’s self-published several novels and short stories. However, I’m also a creative entrepreneur. As such, I’ve left behind a former life as an attorney, because this is how I want to make a difference and live my life.

I’m a New York Times bestselling author

I’ve been self-publishing novels since 2009. My novels include the four books in the Sam McRae mystery series, one young adult, and one thriller novels.  The first Sam McRae mystery, Identity Crisis, made the New York Times ebook bestseller list in March 2011. The second novel, Least Wanted, was also a Kindle bestseller in the U.S. and the U.K. that year. The third and fourth books are currently out-of-print, but are being reissued under my own imprint, Renegade Press.

I’m a podcaster

Since 2015, I’ve hosted a podcast called the Crime Cafe, where I interview other crime fiction, suspense, and thriller writers. From time to time, I read from my work or run an old-time mystery radio show. From July to March of the following year, I post an author interview every other week. Check out a season of the podcast here or subscribe here.

I teach online

I currently offer courses on Udemy and am setting up courses on my website.

I’m a screenwriter

I’m written two feature film screenplays: one that made the 2016 Scriptapalooza semi-finals and an adaptation of her first novel. I’ve also written a pilot for a one-hour crime drama, a short film, and a fiction podcast. At this point, none of my screenplays are in production. Not yet, anyway.

I’m a lawyer, librarian, and journalist

I practiced law for nine years before making the leap and starting a writing business. I’m living proof that you can change your life and do creative work if you persist and refuse to give up.

I’m a stroke survivor

In 2004, I suffered a stroke from which I completely recovered, except in one respect. I developed a movement disorder called dystonia within five or six months after the stroke. This medical condition has required me to adopt mindfulness techniques and seek various alternative treatment options in order to cope and do the work I love.

My philosophy

“Life is either daring adventure or nothing.”
— Helen Keller