Award-Winning Author ~ Editor ~ Writing Instructor
One of my earliest recollections, before I could read, was making up stories to go with the pictures in the Sunday newspaper’s comic strips. I think I was born writing. My late mother always insisted I was born talking anyway.

My home today is in the magnificent red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. If you’ve never been there, the photo at the top will show you what we see everywhere we look. This painting of mine will also give you an idea.

I also think I must have been born with a love of the West and the Southwest, although my physical body sure didn’t start out in either of those regions. I started life in central New Jersey, just outside of New York City. After attending college in West Virginia and Boston, I’d had enough of winter, and made my way to California.

I’ve lived most of my adult life in California, first in San Francisco, where I grew tired of the fog (I seem to have a weather aversion), and later in various parts of Southern California.

But as much as I loved my adopted sunny state, I didn’t experience a visceral connection with a place until my husband and I started traveling through the Southwest. We first visited Sedona about twenty years before we finally moved here. Sedona just seems to call some people. In the few years before we relocated, we probably visited Sedona 3-4 times a year. We knew we had to move.

I also teach writing online for the Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School. T2G Productions in Los Angeles has released a 3-DVD writing course, Writing Killer Mysteries with Kris Neri, which is based on my popular mystery writing classes.


And, of course, I write. My latest title is REVENGE ON ROUTE 66, the fourth book in my Tracy Eaton mystery series. I also write the Samatha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Series, which began with HIGH CRIMES ON THE MAGICAL PLANE, a Lefty Award nominee, and the second of which is MAGICAL ALIENATION, also a Lefty Award nominee and a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner.

I’ve published sixty-plus stories at this point, some of which were published in a short story collection, THE ROSE IN THE SNOW, and two thrillers, NEVER SAY DIE and DEVIL'S GAMBIT - DEVIL'S DUE. Click for a more formal bio or for my media page.

While words consume most of my life and my time, in one form or another, I also love to hike Sedona’s red rock trails. And when I can free up a bit of extra time, I like to draw and paint. Here’s a recent figure drawing I did.