About Me

I live in Chicago with my husband, son, and too few pets (though more than the husband would like). I write daily with varying degrees of success. When not writing, I’m thinking about writing, thinking about why I’m not writing, or trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a few more minutes of writing before the end of the day. For a little balance, I also enjoy reading, movies, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family. In past lives, I’ve been a massage therapist, belly dancer, and office manager. I don’t recommend the office management.

Jennifer Egan and Hollie Smurthwaite
Jennifer Egan and me – book launch for Manhattan Beach at Women and Children First bookstore. Chicago, IL 2017.
Hollie, Melissa, Renee, and Susan
Me, Melissa Weider, Renee James, and Susan Levi – book launch for Seven Suspects at Centuries and Sleuths bookstore, River Forest, IL 2017.
Lit Fest June 2019. Rachel Louise Snyder signing her book, No Visible Bruises. Great discussion earlier between her and Eva Devirgilis.
Mary Anne Mohanraj and me at OCWW. I’ve just bought her novel, Bodies in Motion. Winnetka, IL 2019.
MurderCon 2019. Me and Charlaine Harris. Squeeeee!
Elite Authors made me a gorgeous book cover!
Jenny Milchman signing a copy of Cover of Snow at the Sisters in Crime Chicago Annual Writers’ Workshop.