I was born in and grew up in Southern Indiana, but now live in Southern California. While I was working on a master's degree in theater at Indiana State University, two of my plays were regional finalists in the American College Theater Festival's one-act play competition. One play, "Star Collector," was eventually produced in NYC and the characters became the basis for my book, "The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper." This book was recently named a Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel.
I also have a black belt in tae kwon do and a master's degree in theology.
I've worked as an actress, jail chaplain, college writing instructor and tour guide/page for a motion picture studio. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.
When I'm not penning mysteries, I write the Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers (www.theacornonline.com).
My Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol cozy mystery series was inspired by The Beatles, The Monkees and those goofy spy/detective/action-adventure TV shows of the '60s and '70s. The fourth book is due in spring 2016.
I have short stories in two anthologies, "Plan B: Omnibus" and "Last Exit to Murder." I wrote chapter 3 in the group mystery "Chasing the Codex" by Cozy Cat Press.
Up next is a new cozy series set in the 1960s. Stay tuned for something groovy!
And when I'm not writing, I'm busy feeding the cats.