I write novels and non-fiction. I wrote my first novel at 13 and I sold my third novel at the age of 25. For many years I wrote historical fiction, mostly set in Victorian London. In the past ten years, I’ve been writing mysteries. My friend Curt and I are writing a series of humorous mystery novels about a talking Chihuahua. The first called Dial C for Chihuahua was published by Kensington in October 2012. We are currently working on the fourth book in the series.
In 2007, I published Slow Time: Reclaiming the Natural Rhythms of Life, which helps readers shift their relationship with time. Each of the twelve chapters focuses on a different intervals of time, from the moment to the lifetime. My interest in time grew out of my obsession with seasonal holidays, a topic featured at my web site Living in Season. I’ve also written on this topic for magazines like SageWoman and web sites like Beliefnet. My interest in time led me to a fascination with my particular place at a particular time. I am currently blogging finding nature in the city of Seattle at the Urban Naturalist, a blog sponsored by the Seattle PI.
I love teaching writing almost as much as I love writing. I teach writing classes throughout the Seattle area, privately and for organizations like Richard Hugo House. My students have successfully written and published novels and non-fiction books, essays and short stories. My specialties are the novel, the non-fiction book proposal, memoir and family history. I’ve been a speaker at national and regional conferences, including AWP, PNWA, Field’s End, Chuckanut Writers Conference, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference and Write on the Sound.