- The Pittsley County Chronicles is a trilogy comprised of Juckets, Swamp Yankees, and Bog Men, set in a rural area of southeastern Massachusetts;
- Winterkill, is an historical/psychological mystery set in New Hampshire and Vermont in the 1930s;
- my fifth book, Strummin' the Banjo Moon, is a mainstream novel; and
- my sixth book, SLEUTH-blog, is the nonfiction account of my real-time investigation of a cold-case murder in 1969 in Fall River, MA.
Thus, with one exception, my books thus far have all been mysteries of one sort or another.
Considering that I never expected to become a mystery writer (nor do I tend to read mysteries), it seems odd to me that this is how things turned out.
My writing life began as a playwright in Boston, and I was fortunate to receive good reviews and some awards. None, however, were mysteries. Although I’ve been writing novels lately, I haven't abandoned the theatre—and have just completed a full-length play, KAZORKIS DESCENDING. It's a comedy-drama about a Lithuanian-American family whose patriarch is either paranoid or prescient. The theme is about both politics and relationships. Originally, the play had a staged reading in Boston, then another reading at Northeastern University. Only recently did I decide to revise the play substantially, and I'm now comfortable with it enough to send out. We'll see...
My filmscript of JUCKETS (which is a mystery/thriller based on my first novel, see page 3, Scripts), has just been optioned by Command Performance Productions. Jim Jermanok has produced two previous films, Passionada and the award-winning Em. (The photo, above left, was taken near our house and has the eerie feeling of the story.
After graduating New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Harvard University with a Master's Degree in Psychology—which does not qualify one for much—most of my working career has been in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. There, I've been involved in running research projects, in "human resource management," and my last position was Managing Editor of an international journal of cancer epidemiology. Beyond Harvard, I did a few stints in both the private (consulting company) and public (state hospital) sectors, and a couple of early years doing research at the Iowa Psychopathic Hospital (now that was really interesting).
I now spend my professional time writing as well as working with Authors Without Borders (see page 4, AWB). The latter includes hosting our own cable t.v. show, and presenting a variety of writing workshops in different venues, including UMass/Boston.
Most of my personal time is spent with my husband, John, and socializing with friends. We also "friend" a large tribe of wild turkeys in our yard, and feed the fifth generation of red-shouldered hawks that come to our deck. We're fortunate to live in a rural area that has lots of woods, swamp, and creatures both great and small (unfortunately, that also includes ticks).
We recently lost our dearest companion, 17-year=old Plymmie (the last dog left after the volcano erupted on Montserrat, rescued by John). We haven't yet found another dog to bring into our lives, but I'm sure that will eventually happen.
Right now, I'm working on yet another mystery, which I hope to have completed--at least in draft form--by the end of the year.