A Shrink With Ink

I write fiction and non-fiction inspired by the cops I've worked with during my thirty years as a police and public safety psychologist. I want my books to leave you with the feeling that you learned something new, not just about cops and other first responders, but about psychologists as well. My fiction is serious, but not dreary. My protagonist, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff - named after my mother and grandmother - is funny, headstrong and should be counseling cops, not solving crime.

When I'm not writing, teaching, or volunteering as a clinician at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat for first responders (see the links page), I'm doing water wiggling, napping on the couch, or reading. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, who is a photographer (he took the photo of me to your left) and retired remodeling contractor.

I belong to a lot of organizations: Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Public Safety Writers Association, International Thriller Writers (ITW),The American Psychological Association, The Society for the Study of Police and Criminal Psychology, and The Association of Chiefs of Police (psychological services sub-section). That's a lot of conferences.

You can follow me on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter (occasionally) or at The Lady Killers blog. I also blog on this site about all things psychological or related to law enforcement. (These are troubled times for police officers, if you're a law enforcement family, please read and share my open letter to police families.)

I love hearing from readers and talking to groups in person or via Skype. And I appreciate readers' reviews of my books on Amazon, Goodreads, and/​or Facebook. Stay in touch. Sign up for my quarterly newsletter. You may win a signed copy of one of my books. There's a drawing every month.


My books are available in hardcover, paperback, or ebook formats. My novels are also available as audiobooks. You can find them at your independent bookstore, public library, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Kobo.com, Apple, Google, and other fine booksellers. For purchasing in bulk, contact my publishers directly (links to your right).

SPEAKING EVENTS 2017: (Please check back for new events)

•Left Coast Crime: Honolulu. I'll be on three panels.
Friday 3/​17 - 3:00 Specialized Police Work: A different kind of cop.
Saturday 3/​18 - 11:45 Medicine: Take two crimes and call me in the morning;
Sunday 3/​19 - 10:15 Anatomy of Violence: What it takes to kill someone

• International Association of Women Police, 4/​4, 1:30
Walnut Creek Marriott,2355 N Main St,Walnut Creek

•International Peer Support Conference, 9/​28, San Diego