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Join me and my fellow writers on the International Thrillers Website (thebigthrill.org) April 20 26 as we debate the question of the week: Do you plot, plan, outline? Or, do you just go where your characters lead you? Why? Jump in the discussion, ask questions, leave comments, the more the merrier (or should I say thrilling).

Welcome


I've been a police and public safety psychologist for thirty-plus years, before I had any gray hair. My work with first responders has taken me to four countries and twenty-two states. I've won several awards and in 2014 I was honored to receive the California Psychological Association's award for distinguished contribution to psychology

I spend my time writing, teaching, and volunteering as a clinician at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat for first responders (see the links page). You can read about my books by clicking on a title in the right hand column. I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know was my first book and, to date, it has sold more than 100,000 copies. It's available in Chinese and in Czech. I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know came next, prompted by the tragic events of September 11th. Following that I wrote Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, third in the "need to know" series, with Mark Kamena and Joel Fay, both of whom are retired cops.

Burying Ben, my first-ever mystery featuring police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, received first prize for the not-yet-in-print novel from the Public Safety Writers Association. My second mystery The Right Wrong Thing will be available in October 2015. Writing fiction is a new skill for me. I used to think that making things up would be easier than writing non-fiction. What a delusion! Creating a story that captures the reader's attention from page one is a tricky business.

On a more personal note, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, who is a photographer (he took the photos for all my books) and retired remodeling contractor. In my spare time I travel, cook, take water aerobics classes and occasionally plunk away on my ukelele.

I post regularly on Facebook (see the link on the top left). I love hearing from readers and, if you're so inclined, I love seeing your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook.

My books are available in print or as e-books on-line and at your local independent bookstore. Click on a title for more information and reviews.