A Bit About Me
I grew up in Chicago, in the old Polish neighborhood I wrote about in Wanting to Be Jackie Kennedy, which is about three miles east of Our Lady of the Angels school, the setting of Fire Angels. I was a child when the fire happened, hearing the fire sirens from our third floor apartment, watching the smoke rise in the west. It's a story that I could never get out of my mind and much later chose to write about.
I'm a former manager of Corporate Communications at Apple in Silicon Valley, and a graduate of Stanford University where I developed my passion for writing historical fiction. Mercy Goodhue, A Puritan Woman's Story of Betrayal, Witchcraft and Madness, is based upon a true-life story I uncovered in the stacks of the Green Library at Stanford.
I've always loved books, and I guess I've always wanted to be a writer, a story-teller of real and imaginary people's lives. In writing historical fiction, I've found a way to combine the two.
I have two grown children, Amy and Drew, and together my husband Lee and I have fourteen grandchildren. We live in the gentle hills of Sonoma County, California. I'm also involved with the Santa Rosa Symphony, with a goal of bringing classical music to young people in our community.
Writing is my passion. Family is my priority. Life is good and even better with a book.