More About the Author
Dear Readers, I am pleased to announce that my most recent mystery novel, titled STALKING A KILLER will be published by Mayfair Mysteries in August 2013 and simultaneously available in print and as an e-book from Amazon! STALKING A KILLER features Amanda Mason, a twenty-something single mom raising her five-year-old son alone. Studying to become a private investigator, Amanda is shocked when it appears that her first case is to clear her elderly father of a murder charge! STALKING A KILLER is a contemporary novel set in a small lake town near Dallas, Texas where I lived for most of my adult life.
Back when I lived in Dallas, I had not yet thought of becoming a writer, and instead was thoroughly enjoying my career as a free-lance graphic artist. I loved being a fashion illustrator and attending the exciting runway fashion shows at the Apparel Mart. At this same time, I also enjoyed writing ad copy and articles for the newspapers, and eventually accepted a position as University Editor at The University of Texas at Dallas and later, teaching newspaper layout and news story writing to journalism students at Southern Methodist University. As my interest in writing grew, I joined a local chapter of Romance Writers of America, and was thrilled to win their national contest to design the new RITA award and even more thrilled to be awarded the first RITA statuette ever presented at the RWA Conference in San Francisco that year! After that, I became hooked on writing and soon sold my first two Regency Romance novels to a New York publisher. Six of my Regencies were published and are all now available as e-books on Amazon for the Kindle as well as other reading devices. During this same time, I also began to publish The Regency Plume Newsletter which focuses on the Regency period in English history. All back issues of The Regency Plume Newsletter can still be ordered from my web site. Just type in "The Regency Plume" on Yahoo or Google and you'll get there quick.
After my first six Regency romance novels were published in the late nineties, real life took me away from writing for a time and I sometimes feared I'd never take it up again but, since I am a writer at heart, another story soon began to beckon to me and I spent several years researching a new time period, Colonial America. I called my new story THE LETTER. The book was published in hardback in 2010. You can read THE LETTER now as an e-book on Amazon. It tells the story of a young English girl who travels to Jamestown in 1617 in search of her childhood sweetheart, who had traveled to the New World in search of a new life.
The sequel to THE LETTER is titled A PETTICOAT AND LAMBSKIN GLOVES, which was also published and released in hardcover in 2012. This story is about four English girls who travel to the New World on a Bride Ship, each in search of love and husbands, but once in Jamestown, the girls are shocked to discover that someone there wants one, or all of them, dead!
I wrote another novel set during Colonial America, but I moved up from Jamestown in the early 1600s to the late 1700s and set this book in Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary war. Aside from a few books written about Betsy Ross by her descendants, neither my publisher nor I knew of any fictional works for adults that featured Betsy Ross as heroine. Although I spent months researching the war, and George Washington and other Patriot and British generals, BETSY ROSS: ACCIDENTAL SPY is a work of fiction and should be regarded as such. I discovered in my research that very little is known about Betsy's life during the year 1776, the year after her husband John Ross was reportedly killed in a freak warehouse explosion, therefore I chose that year in which to weave my story. When the authorities did nothing to investigate the warehouse explosion, Betsy decides to solve the mystery herself and in the doing is drawn into Philadelphia's dangerous and confusing underworld of spies and double spies working for both the British and the Patriot rebels. Published by Mayfair Mysteries, BETSY ROSS: ACCIDENTAL SPY is available in print on Amazon and also as an e-book for the Kindle and most other e-readers.
I hope you are enjoying my Colonial American historical suspense novels, my Regency romance novels, and that you will also like my new contemporary mystery novel, STALKING A KILLER. Thank you for reading my books! I love hearing from readers so if you'd like to contact me, you'll find a link to my e-mail address on The Regency Plume website. Happy reading and God bless.