Meet the Chatterbox

     Before dedicating myself to writing fiction, I was a freelance illustrator with work appearing in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock Magazine, Communication Arts, Dow Jones Financial, Bloomberg Magazine, and American Legion. My work has been featured in publications on four continents, and I am the recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators Award of Excellence. For ten years I taught art and history at the Portland Art Institute and Northwest College of Art. A graduate of Writers Online Workshops, I am a member of Willamette Writers of Oregon and Oregon Writers Colony.

Check out Pages for excerpts from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope.

      I am currently seeking representation for my paranormal romance, Return of the Mary Celeste. Below are some of the details concerning this real life mystery:
The Facts
      Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.
     Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.
   On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.
        Until now....