I had two childhoods. One was as a kid in Germany, the other as a teen in California. Now, my husband and I live in the Seattle area. I was passionate about reading and wanting to be a writer from early on. Growing up in post-WWII Germany, I wrote poetry and short stories, and I read everything I could get my hands on, no matter if it was the classics or dime-store novels. I learned to appreciate Schiller and Goethe, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, and, finally, Shakespeare. He says it all! In college I also discovered contemporary writers and learned to tell good from bad. I earned a B.A. in English from California State University at Los Angeles, where I studied literature, poetry, novel & short story writing. I worked as a press agent at a few Hollywood PR companies until I experienced major burn out. Hollywood stars are sooo narcissistic! I traveled & worked at too many jobs to count. In Seattle I found a home in banking administration & human resources. I kept writing. I kept learning, attending workshops and writers' groups. Finally, I published my first novel, Irretrievably Broken. What a long road it's been!
Irretrievably Broken had many inspirations, but ultimately it was a newspaper clipping from my hometown in Germany. A neighboring property had been torn down and a mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath, was unearthed. Experts speculated that a synagogue would most likely be situated beneath the foundations of the house I had lived in as a child. I read the clipping and promptly forgot about it. Or so I thought! But this discovery must have been burned into my subconscious. I was almost finished with the novel when I rediscovered the clipping and realized how these facts had informed my writing. There, at the heart of a tale of adventure and travel, of love and loss, was a Holocaust story, come to light after years of concealment, very much like the mikvah that had been unearthed so many years later under our former neighbor's house in a small town where no one in post-WWII Germany ever spoke about such things.
My work experience in Seattle banking inspired my most recent novel, Confessions of a Predatory Lender, also available as an audio book. The year is 2006 and everyone knows you can make a fortune in mortgage lending. "Good girl" Christy is our guide through the maze of predatory lending with BFF Megan her ever-present and irreverent sidekick. Together they're an irresistible combination as they love, covet, shop, and lend their way toward an ending we're all too familiar with.
My newest addition is a novella, "Euphoria." Lyzzie was done with Krayne, but he wasn’t done with her. When her ex comes back into her life, Lyzzie is torn. She was never able to resist Krayne or the drugs he provided. And now she has more to lose—her marriage, her home and her future. What will she choose? And what will it cost her?
I'm also publishing a series of stories--The Angel of Death--about love, death, redemption, and hope. They are available as Kindle shorts.
Besides writing and publishing fiction, I serve as volunteer contributor/translator to PBS News Hour and Amara, and as classroom volunteer at a local community college.