In my early working years, I was a professional actor and Screen Actors Guild Member, then moved behind the camera as the Assistant to the Director of Production at The American Film Institute (AFI).
My professional writing career began in journalism, as managing editor of Tennis Illustrated Magazine and later, of D Magazine in Dallas. I served as contributing book editor for Five Minutes to Midnight (Delacorte 1980), an international thriller.
My first solo novel, The Body Business, was published in 2014 (Soul Mate Publishing). It was a finalist for national and regional awards. Its sequel, The Body Next Door, published in November 2016 (GYDR Press), won First Place in the 2017 Mystery & Mayhem category at the Chanticleer Book Awards, a Silver Medal at the Readers' Favorite Awards and was a Silver Falchion Finalist.
I'm working on the third mystery in The Samantha Newman Series, and also on a children’s book series, while doing research for a historical fiction series to come.