• “One of top 25 US speakers”

    — Sharing Ideas Magazine

  • “One of mystery’s rising stars.”

    — RT Reviews

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Contributor

  • Endorsed by Toastmasters International

  • Silver Anvil Award Winner

  • 2009 Agatha Award Finalist

    Paper, Scissors, Death

  • 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner

    Death of a Schoolgirl: Jane Eyre Chronicles

My Dogs


alongdayI can’t remember a time when I didn’t love animals or own a dog. When I was at Ball State University, I worked in the pet department of a big box store. I also raised Great Danes. At one time, I had thirteen of them and three cats.

I dearly love cats, but David and I are both allergic to them. I’m also allergic to rabbits and horses. After my two best fur-baby friends, Rafferty and Victoria, died within six months of each other, I cried almost every day for months and months. Then I found a wonderful breeder, Coco Cabana Havanese, in Tampa, FL, and she had one Havanese puppy who needed a home.

Jax came from a litter of one, and I like to think that’s because he was born just for me. He’s my best buddy, the sweetest, smartest, cutest, happiest, and most adorable dog I’ve ever owned. He even has his own Facebook page!

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