I'm an Arizona-based writer with Midwestern roots. I write twisty tales of mystery and family history, as well as short stories and image-inspired prose. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Society of Southwestern Authors.
I recently published a short story prequel to my novel in progress on Amazon/Kindle as an ebook.
Truth Be Told introduces Rhys Murray, the main character in my novel in progress. She’s an L.A.-based investigative journalist who loves a great mystery and has a knack for finding the truth. Rhys’ skills are unexpectedly tested on a visit to her Central Illinois hometown when she takes on a challenge to save an 1880s building from redevelopment and help a small shop owner keep his family business open. In the process, unexpected discoveries lead to surprising results.
I’m finalizing edits to the first draft of my novel, Buried Truths. It’s a character-driven traditional mystery with a touch of suspense. L.A.-based journalist Rhys Murray returns to her Central IL hometown to investigate her great aunt’s suspicious death, driven by memories of her mother’s unsolved murder from 30 years ago.
I also have a few short stories in the works, as well as two family history-based non-fiction books. Houses That Jack Built focuses on my maternal grandfather’s (Jack Hudgens) 30-year homebuilding career and legacy in McLean County, Illinois. Seeking Sarah Jane recounts my genealogical research journey to trace my second great-grandmother’s life story, which had been a mystery to current generations.
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