I spent the happiest five years of my life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After 10 years as a secretary, I went back to school to get a degree in biology in order to work as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office. There I analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood, and many other forms of trace evidence, and went to crime scenes.
I had my life sorted out just the way I liked it until my husband got fed up with the snow in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved us to Florida, 1,400 miles away from my family and my career. Not that I'm bitter or anything. Now I am a forensic specialist for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
I've lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on news programs. In my life as a writer, I'm a member of Sisters In Crime, the SIC Guppies, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. In the other half of my life as a forensic specialist, I'm a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and I'm certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. I have had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and have testified in over 50 criminal trials.