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Welcome to my web site, where you'll discover some of the ways that a writer works and how a writer thinks: how some stories come to be.


When I was growing up, I yearned to be a baseball player or a writer — especially a mystery writer.  I had no thought at all of writing about baseball, and certainly not about women in baseball. But things turned out otherwise.


Once I was an adult, the decision of what to write first was difficult. I opted for a baseball novel first, a mystery novel second. Thus She's on First and Dirty Proof were my first two novels. At the same time, I was writing nonfiction and also children's books. In addition to loving adult fiction, I particularly enjoy early readers. And I particularly enjoyed creating two of them —Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories, and Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories — both published by Houghton Mifflin.


The world of publishing has undergone gigantic changes in the last few years, and one of these changes is the growth of self-publishing. Like many other writers, I participate in both worlds: the world of traditional publishing, and the world of do-it-yourself publishing. Since 2010 I have used self-publishing to reprint She's on First and Dirty Proof, and also to publish new works such as Sound Proof, Jack and Larry, and Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies.


Readers, regardless of their age, enter the book through its words and get swept away by its story. When you love a book, its characters live with you forever. I hope that some of my writing may live with you. Thank you for visiting