For the past three years, I’ve been writing a series of humorous mystery novels with my friend Curt Colbert under the name Waverly Curtis. Kensington Books published Dial C for Chihuahua in October 2012, Chihuahua Confidential in April 2013 and The Big Chihuahua in October 2013.

We just turned in book number 4, The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice which will come out in December 2014. And our Christmas story, A Chihuahua in Every Stocking,” will be available in an e-version in October 2014.

For more information, including reviews and current events, go to this website.

In the 1980’s, I wrote and Doubleday published three historical romances set in Victorian London: St. John’s Wood, Mayfair and Chelsea. I’m currently preparing to republish them. I hired a cover artist, the wonderful Jennifer Quinlan, to redo the cover of St. John’s Wood because I never liked the original. I’m thrilled by the new version (see to the right) and expect to make it available before the end of 2014.




Nonfiction Books

Slow Time was published in September 2007 and has sold over 1,000 copies. To read reviews and an interview with David Miller at the San Francisco Chronicle, and for ways to order, go here.

I’m currently completing, My Year in Flowers, a book about my adventures as an amateur naturalist, getting to know the plants that grow in my neighborhood in Seattle.


I’ve also written family history: a book called Travels to my Ancestors about the Fitzgerald family of Hartland, Minnesota and Perkins County, South Dakota. And I write a blog about my mother’s family: the Wittaks of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

My essays, articles and poems can be found here.

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