Writing is the perfect occupation for me and the only job that has ever mattered. As a writer, I can do what I want, pursue any interest, try something new each time. That's important, because I crave variety and abhor routine. Consequently:
- In school, I got degrees in wildly different fields (computer science, film production, geology, with minors in linguistics and Irish history).
- I’ve had so many jobs. (Babysitter, duck caretaker. Switchboard operator, warehouse clerk, bank lackey, secretary, substitute teacher, bookkeeper, bureaucrat. Motion picture story analyst, low-budget TV producer. Scientific research internship director. Earthquake consultant. Professor. Disaster scientist.)
- I've lived in my current home the longest I've lived anywhere and I'm getting antsier every day!
- I always have many animals around (currently, 5 cats and a dog).
- And - it figures that when I had kids, they would be boy-girl twins with only a birthdate in common.
Writing always reflects the author's interests, so - until now - I've never written the same kind of book twice. In chronological order, I've written: a character study in which rock fans follow a tour across country, a psychological thriller involving split brain research and animal rights, a novella featuring a quirky group of scientists who solve crimes, a multi-generational coming-of-age drama about a family frozen by secrets, and a speculative fantasy with detective elements.
That last describes my newest work, Nica of Los Angeles. It's the first book in a series, so I won't be jumping genres again any time soon. In fact, I currently rise at 4a to write, to make sure I get the next Nica out pronto. I know the torture of waiting for the next installment in a beloved series, so as soon as my beta readers started writing things like "I need the next book ASAP!", I knew I had to hustle.
I live in southern California, where I enjoy live music, reading, hiking, cities, beaches, mountains, and the internet. If I had all the money in the world I would have an abode in each of its great cities.