I am a ‘recovering’ lawyer turned editor for an independent publisher, living in Steamboat Springs. Before moving to Steamboat, I practiced law in Chicago, New York, Latin America, and South Florida.
I am originally from Scotland, but lived in more than a dozen countries with my family before moving to the United States for college. With an undergraduate degree in Spanish and French Literature, I needed to do something to pay the bills, so I did what any good liberal arts student who can write would do, I went to law school. I attended Northwestern University. After eighteen years as a corporate lawyer, I planned my escape to another professional life teaching social and personality psychology. More school ensued and a Ph.D. in Psychology was granted, but the great escape was not to be. While I have taught undergraduates part time on and off since then, I was dragged back to the law when someone persuaded me that I could use my legal and psychological powers for good which resulted in my conversion to a criminal lawyer, specializing in the representation of individuals with mental health and addiction issues in the criminal justice system.
Thankfully, no ‘good’ crime occurs in Steamboat, so I spend my spare time making up murder and mayhem and writing flash fiction and nonfiction. My first mystery novel, States of Grace, will be published on January 1, 2021, and I am at work on the second book in my Grace Locke series. To further torture myself, I have completed a first draft of a memoir in search of the answer to the question, “Why did I live in more than fifty houses before the age of eighteen?”
In my spare, spare time, I ski and compete in ultramarathons, the literary equivalent of writing a novel.