Good Guy/Bad Guy

Are you a good guy or a bad guy? A hero or a villain? If you’re like most, you look in the mirror and see a pretty good guy or gal staring back at you. After all, everyone is the hero of their own story. But, I recently discovered a fascinating article by Caroline Kaufman, Psy.D. […]

March 31, 2016


“Since I stopped taking Emovere, it’s the same dream every night. But it’s not just a dream. It’s also a memory. I’m six years old again, and everything is red. His voice is razor wire. Hers is a bleating lamb. Together, they make the music of my own private hell.” Just when you thought the […]

March 14, 2016

Happily Ever After

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” –Frank Herbert Be they real-life or fiction, endings are hard, and I’ve had endings on my brain lately. Revelation, the final book in the Legacy series, was the toughest yet to write. For an author, it’s easy to create drama, to […]

March 1, 2016

Revelation Has Arrived!

Hello readers, I am thrilled to share with you that the final book in the Legacy Trilogy, Revelation, is now available in paperback and e-book! As its title suggests, Revelation promises to reveal all that is unknown. It can be purchased at the links below or by visiting my website at I hope you […]

February 15, 2016

An Innocent Man

As he spoke, his hands were docile, folded, and resting on his thighs like two lap dogs. But it was impossible to forget those hands had another life—a past life—when they were vicious and untamed. Those hands were capable of devastation. Once, they were merciless. Once, they were red with blood. Once, they had killed. […]

January 20, 2016

Revelation Sneak Peek!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that Revelation, the third book in the Legacy Trilogy, is coming in January 2016. Like its title suggests, Revelation promises to reveal all that is unknown. Today, I’m sharing a sneak peek at the cover, designed by the awesome, Giovanni Auriemma, and a snippet from the back. If you’d […]

December 18, 2015


One of my first and most important lessons learned as a forensic psychologist came during my internship, where I evaluated children and families, answering questions regarding the termination of parental rights and parenting capacity. My supervisor began every interview exactly the same way. “Tell me how it is that you came to be here today.” […]

November 25, 2015

Seeking Veronica Roth-dom

Q: What advice would you offer to young aspiring writers, who long to live a success story like your own? Veronica Roth: One piece of advice I have is: Want something else more than success. Success is a lovely thing, but your desire to say something, your worth, and your identity shouldn’t rely on it, […]

October 28, 2015

The Voyeur

Voyeur: Someone who enjoys learning about the private details of other people’s lives, especially unpleasant or shocking details. Psychologists are professional voyeurs. Especially forensic psychologists. Within minutes of meeting an evaluee, I am asking—no, I am expecting—them to let the light touch the darkest corners of themselves. Sometimes, that means uttering stories they haven’t spoken […]

September 30, 2015

Behind the Fence

The room was cold and colorless, the building so sterile, I wondered how it could sustain life. And there was something else—a heaviness—as if the air was thick with hope long-discarded, an endless parade of days wasted in a self-inflicted purgatory…Despite knowing that I could walk through that door, leave at any time, the sense […]

September 2, 2015

A Day in the Life

What exactly does a forensic psychologist do? I know precisely what you’re thinking right now. You’re picturing Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins—Clarice and Hannibal. You’re seeing a beleaguered Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross, hunkered over a desk, analyzing crimes scenes, profiling serial killers, putting together a puzzle no one else can solve. And you wouldn’t […]

July 26, 2015

A Quick Fix

What draws most readers, myself included, into a dystopian world is the sense it is not so different than our own, that a few, strategic events could catapult us into a dark and disturbing place. After all, one hour of the evening news begs the question: Is our modern world more utopian than dystopian? In […]

July 26, 2015