I grew up on a dairy farm in Montana and spent my childhood surrounded by dogs, cats, cows, and a variety of other animals too numerous to mention. At age eighteen, I left the farm and temporarily moved to Seattle for college. Three decades later, I’m still here. My husband Marc was the first male I encountered while moving into my dorm at the University of Washington (U-dub), so I can honestly say that I moved to Seattle and married the first man I met.
My career choices have been as eclectic as they have been fulfilling. I received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and worked as a research engineer until I realized I liked hanging out with people better than machines. Back to U-dub I went, this time to study leadership. I received a Masters of Business Administration in 1993 and worked as an organizational consultant for several years before becoming a group manager at Microsoft.
In 2000, I celebrated the new millennium by leaving Microsoft to pursue a career teaching yoga. My friends and co-workers thought I’d gone crazy, and they were probably right. Nonetheless, I became a certified yoga therapist and opened my studio, Whole Life Yoga, in 2001.
Writing is my newest passion.
I’ve loved reading mysteries since the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys days of my youth, but I never considered writing one. Then, on one seemingly average day, Kate and Bella appeared in my head, insisting that I tell their story. Even as I wrote that first novel, the plot of the second began forming. Then the third. Kate and Bella have permanently taken root in my heart. I hope you adore them as much as I do. Bella was based on my own special needs German Shepherd, Tasha, who passed away in 2016.
Marc and I now share our home with our new and incorrigible German Shepherd pup, Ana. When I’m not writing, I spend my time teaching yoga, walking Ana, and sipping Seattle cider at my favorite local ale house.
I am a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Dog Writers Association of America.