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I was raised an only child in Garwood, NJ. Girlhood was filled with writing in my room, whiling away summers at our cabin on the Delaware River, and hanging out at rehearsals in my parents’ little theater group. A lot of time was spent reading – mysteries in particular. It began the way it does for many of us mystery lovers, with the world of Nancy Drew, where even clocks have secrets.
After my graduation from Rutgers, I took a job at Holt, Rinehart and Winston in New York City, where I ended up in the Adult Trade Division. From there I moved on to graduate school and earned a PhD in English from Case Western Reserve University, writing a dissertation on the nature of suspense. And somewhere along the way I started writing mysteries.
When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where, on even the coldest days, a walk through any studio both stills and thrills the heart. I think of Keats: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all/ Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” And that’s a mystery, too. . .