We can all remember the joy we felt when we read our first book and were wonderfully, magically, transported to a whole new world! Having tasted that joy, writers write so that others can have the extraordinary experience of going to worlds other than their own by merely opening the pages of a book. When we open the pages of a book, we meet people we would never have met otherwise. We experience things we would never have experienced otherwise. We acquire knowledge we would never have possessed otherwise. In those pages, we gain empathy and compassion we might never have gained otherwise. And so we write – that others may enter into that magical, transcendent mystery that is a book!

Favorite Characters

Favorite characters. Every writer has a character they’ve created who is special to them. One of my favorites is Celia Petrov from The Boundary. She’s an elderly dynamo who lives life with absolute gusto! She may not be strong on self-awareness, but she’s strong on loyalty, love, compassion and curiosity about life. She didn’t burn out and fade as she got older, her light only burned brighter. There are many Celia Petrov’s around us…of all ages. Let’s celebrate and cheer them on as they bring joy to our lives and the lives of others!

Local Author Fair

I hate having my picture taken. Fact. I simply despise it because I’m so unphotogenic. Fact. But I love this picture taken at the North Canton (Ohio) Public Library’s Local Author Fair on September 28th because one of my favorite people in the world is in the picture with me. This aspiring writer/horse-lover was the inspiration for the character Gwendolyn Fox in my time-travel adventure, Mystery In Time. She’s one-of-a-kind and I love her for it! I’m looking forward to the day when I can visit her at a local author fair!

The Boundary

Like Travis Barrett, the main character in The Boundary, I love a good mystery. I decided to set this mystery in a library because libraries are some of my favorite places in the world. The Canal Fulton Public Library in my hometown of Canal Fulton, Ohio was converted from a family home built in 1879. It’s a magical place, and I hope I’ve captured some of that same magic and history in Travis Barrett’s Blackstone Library.

Available on Amazon: The Boundary

Cover Art: Charlie Edmisten

Many Waters

Many Waters is a story close to my heart as several of the settings in the novel are places I’m familiar with. Like Karen Burke, my first job was at Montgomery Ward in Canton, Ohio, and Karen’s family home on Meyers Lake is where my mother-in-law has lived for years.

Karen’s predicament in love is one I’ve heard time and again through the years from individuals who have rationalized being with someone they knew did not share their faith. Karen’s story and the redemption it portrays is a testament to the Lord’s goodness and grace.

Available on Amazon: Many Waters

Cover Art: Michelle Mulligan

The Invisible Line

The Invisible Line is set in beautiful Paris, Ohio – a place where I’ve picked blueberries and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery from a friend’s back porch.

The main character in The Invisible Line has a painful secret – something many of us carry in this life, feeling we’re beyond hope. The message of this book is that there is always hope in the midst of obstacles that seem insurmountable.

Available on Amazon: The Invisible Line

Cover Art: Charlie Edmisten

Nothing Hidden

The opening conflict in Nothing Hidden is similar to a violent altercation I witnessed as a very young child, and I drew from that memory while writing this book. That incident has stayed with me throughout my life – just as the violent episode Mona Krane witnessed impacted the entirety of her life.

The unfolding of Mona’s story is an emotional and spiritual journey that will lead the reader to an unexpected ending that resolves the tension of Mona’s past.

Available on Amazon: Nothing Hidden

Covert Art: Charlie Edmisten

Mystery In Time

Mystery In Time is the second book of the award-winning In Time series. In this adventure, Victoria and Emmeline Hill, and their servants, Lorna James and Stefan Cano, travel from 1902 to 2018 to Emarie’s hometown of Killbuck, Ohio, in order to enlist her help in clearing their father’s name of a crime he did not commit. Their adventures ultimately lead them back to 1902 and straight into a face-to-face confrontation with two of the craftiest villains ever found in New York City.

Fun fact…Killbuck is my daughter-in-law’s hometown and I spent a wonderful day there touring the quaint town with her mom and grandma as I researched the setting for Mystery In Time.

Available on Amazon: Mystery In Time

Cover Art: Michelle Mulligan

Written In Time

Written In Time is the first book of the award-winning In Time series – a time-travel adventure in which twelve-year-old Emarie Gordon is transported to the year 1901 via the portal of an antique Underwood typewriter. In 1901, she meets wealthy sisters, Victoria and Emmeline Hill, and their servants, Lorna James and Stefan Cano. Through a series of adventures, Emarie’s ultimate mission is revealed and accomplished.

This adventure was written for the children of a friend of mine who asked me to write a story for them. It was so fun to read each chapter to them as it was finished and to witness firsthand their excitement as the story unfolded. Fun fact…the original inspiration for this story was an antique Oliver typewriter my daughter and son-in-law found for me at a flea market in Hartville, Ohio.

Available on Amazon: Written In Time

Cover Art: Michelle Mulligan