The Skeleton of a Plot

“If a plot is a novel’s skeleton, and characters are the muscle, then theme is its soul.” —Janice Hardy Like a forensic anthropologist analyzing human remains for clues, writers piece together a story bit by painstaking bit, taking inspiration from the world around us. A gripping headline; a conversation, overheard; a look exchanged between strangers. […]

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November 1, 2018

Cover Reveal: The First Cut

I am beyond thrilled to reveal the cover of The First Cut, my new thriller (see what I did there?)! It’s the third standalone novel in the Doctors of Darkness series. Again, I enlisted the artistic talents of the amazing, Giovanni Auriemma, and drew inspiration from the Cat Stevens’ song, The First Cut is the […]

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October 2, 2018

The Face of Evil

“Society wants to believe it can identify evil people, or bad or harmful people, but it’s not practical. There are no stereotypes.” – Ted Bundy “And this is the forbidden truth, the unspeakable taboo—that evil is not always repellant but frequently attractive; that it has the power to make of us not simply victims, as nature […]

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September 1, 2018

Digging Up Bones

Like archaeologists sifting through ancient soil, psychologists take a special interest in the past, carefully excavating the bones of trauma and triumph to better understand the toils and trials of the present. Though the past does not define us, it is a lens through which psychologists understand the make-up of an individual. Perhaps that’s why […]

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August 12, 2018

Take Two Books and Call Me in the Morning

“Books allow you to see the world through the eyes of others. Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” –Malorie Blackman Empathy is a prerequisite for a psychologist. To listen without judgment. To show compassion for the human condition. To imagine oneself in the predicament […]

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June 16, 2018

Tell Me A Story

Tell me a story. Whether it’s a ghost story told around the campfire, a family story passed down through generations, or an audiobook to fill the long hours of a commute, there’s something compelling, something magical, about hearing a story told aloud. And the right voice can make or break that magic. After listening to […]

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March 7, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Hanging Tree

As you may already know, I’ve been hard at work on a brand new book, The Hanging Tree. It’s the second standalone novel in the Doctors of Darkness series. Like most of my writing, The Hanging Tree was inspired by my day job as a forensic psychologist, and I am thrilled to share a sneak peek […]

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February 2, 2018

The Price of Freedom

Picture yourself at eighteen. Now picture yourself in prison at eighteen. For a heinous crime. Murder, let’s say. Years pass. Decades. You grow older. Wiser perhaps. You learn to adjust to your new life. After all, you’ve been incarcerated for longer now than you’ve been free. And then it’s time. Picture yourself at fifty now. […]

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November 26, 2017

Ted’s List

Caryn Campbell. Lisa Levy. Kimberly Leach. Ted Bundy. Of these names, only one is likely familiar to you. Ted Bundy is arguably one of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century. The others—Caryn, Lisa, Kimberly—are just three of the young women on his list of victims. After using one of Bundy’s quotes as […]

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October 1, 2017

Go Ahead, Judge a Book by its Cover

Don’t judge a book by its cover. You probably just heard that line spoken in your mother’s voice. Or your favorite English teacher. And most times, it’s absolutely true. But, just for today, let’s make an exception. Shhh…I won’t tell if you won’t. Three years ago, when I first began writing the Legacy series, I […]

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August 4, 2017

By the Seat of My Pants!

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Did you know that the phrase “flies by the seat of his pants” originated in the 1930s with Douglas Corrigan’s flight from the United States to Ireland? An airplane mechanic described Corrigan this way, meaning that he flew without instruments, a radio, or other technology to guide him. […]

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July 11, 2017

Daddy Darkest Sneak Peek!

As you may already know, I’ve been hard at work on a brand new book–an adult psychological thriller, Daddy Darkest. Like most of my writing, Daddy Darkest was inspired by my day job as a forensic psychologist, and I am thrilled to announce that it is coming very soon! Today, I’m sharing a sneak peek at the […]

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April 14, 2017
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