Dear Mom…

As all our stories do, my story begins with my mother’s. An English teacher and closet poet, she gifted me her love for words, and her uncanny knack for stringing them together. Words are the thread, the stitches that bind the fabric of all my memories of her. Five years old, her reading to me […]

May 12, 2019

Interview with a Voice Actor, Take Two

As an author, there is nothing more exciting than hearing your work come to life, especially when there are talented voice actors like Kristin James (as Evie), Eric Stuart (as Butch), and Brad Oxnam (as Sebastian) involved. This amazing group of voices gave life to some of my favorite characters in The Hanging Tree audio […]

March 26, 2019

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“I knew you were having an affair on me, when you started ordering off the diet menu at King Wok’s.” –Lyle Mitchell, Escape at Dannemora February is the month of love, and though Valentine’s Day may be over, I’m willing to bet you’re still nursing a chocolate heart hangover. I recently finished the riveting Showtime […]

February 16, 2019

The Real Dark Doctors

“I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.”                                      –Hippocratic Oath “It turns out crazy people […]

December 8, 2018

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

November 26, 2017