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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

April 14, 2017

Love Behind Bars

“It was something in his eyes … there was this remorse, sadness. I was attracted. I’m a woman, and I knew he was the one.” –Dagmar Polzin, on her love for death row inmate Bobby Lee Harris “I’m completely with him, and he’s completely with me. It’s what I was born for, you know. I don’t know […]

February 8, 2017


They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol The arrival of a new year usually signals a fresh start, a new beginning, and we meet it with optimism, with hopeful thoughts of change. With a blank slate of 365 days stretched out before us, it’s easy to […]

January 1, 2017

Locked Up

I recently finished the first draft of my soon-to-be released thriller, Daddy Darkest. The novel takes place inside San Quentin State Prison, one of many prisons in California, and follows the lives of inmate, Clive “Cutthroat” Cullen, and his treating psychologist, Dr. Clare Keely. When I received my editor’s notes, I was particularly struck by […]

December 3, 2016

Recipe for Murder

Behind every murder is a murderer. Behind every murderer is a story. And inevitably the beginning of that story starts well before I meet them in prison in my capacity as a forensic psychologist. When I ask an inmate to tell me the story of the crime he committed, starting wherever he would like to […]

October 4, 2016

What’s New? Excerpt from Daddy Darkest!

For the past few months, I’ve been knee deep (or fingers deep, perhaps) in my newest endeavor, an adult thriller tentatively titled, Daddy Darkest. As I shared in my April blog post, the idea behind Daddy Darkest garnered a semifinalist honor in the MasterClass: James Patterson Teaches Writing course. About three fourths of the way […]

August 28, 2016

Surviving the Apocalypse

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” -George Orwell, 1984 Since George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1949, readers have become understandably obsessed with the dystopian genre. To me, what draws most readers into a dystopian world is actually the sense that it is not so different than our own, that […]

June 30, 2016

A Writer’s Secret Weapon: Interview with An Editor

Writing the book is the easy part. The challenge lies in everything that comes after. When I completed Legacy’s manuscript in May 2014, it was the most pages, the first book, I’d ever written. I had never taken a course on creative writing, and most of what I knew about writing came from my own avid […]

May 27, 2016

What’s Next?

With the Legacy series finally complete, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s next for Ellery Kane. In the last two months, I completed the MasterClass: James Patterson Teaches Writing. I’ve always been a fan of Patterson’s work and have read many of his books, including most of the Alex Cross series. His short, snappy […]

April 22, 2016