Welcome to my home on the Web. I'm a Chicago journalist and fiction
writer with many years of experience working for newspapers and
magazines. I'm also a proud member of the American Society of
Journalists and Authors, and I’m on the board of directors of the
Society of Midland Authors, where I served as judge on the fiction
committee choosing the best novel of 2009, “Twisted Tree” by Kent
My third novel, Dateline: Atlantis, has been released by The Fiction
Studio. Amaryllis Lang is a feisty but icy reporter finds pyramids
and temples that had been covered by the sea for millennia, while
snorkling off the coast of Mexico. However, someone doesn't want the
Partly guided by orb visions, half chased by vicious enemies,
Amaryllis runs from L.A. to Chicago (where she encounters her old
flame, attorney Donny Gregorios) to Florida and then to the Bahamas --
the race is on to fulfill her dream of finding a sunken, ancient
world, before anti-Atlantis operatives obscure the evidence forever.
My second novel, “The God’s Wife,” is about the
days in Egypt when women - and one woman in particular - were one step
away from the Pharaoh in power. The God’s Wife of Amun, believed to be
the earthly bride of the most powerful god in ancient Egypt’s
pantheon, was the head of Karnak the largest temple in Thebes, and a
heady charge for a sixteen-year-old girl who’s been pushed into the
role by an over-ambitious mother. It’s a role of great power, but one
of immense danger, for every man in the kingdom will fight or work
political angles to win her hand. Because who ever wins the God’s
wife’s earthly hand will win the right to be the next Pharaoh.
I went to WBBM-TV in Chicago for my first job as a news department
production assistant (mainly delivering scripts and finding film
clips). My first reporting job was at the Pioneer Press in suburban
Chicago, then on to the Los Angeles Times, and eventually a long stint
at the Chicago Sun-Times. At the Sun-Times I was an entertainment
reporter, dance reviewer, and technology reporter, and helped develop
the newspaper's fledgling Web site. The site and staff won Best
Innovation from the Inland Daily Press Association and the Dvorak
Award for Web content.
I have been on television and radio talk shows, discussing arts topics
that affect Chicago. In addition to the Sun-Times, I have been
published in the Chicago Tribune as well as in numerous magazines,
including The Industry Standard and Dance Magazine.
Fiction fills up whatever spare time I have. My first
novel, Excited Light, is out via ASJA
Press. Please go to the Excited Light link for information on how to
purchase the novel. My second
novel, The God's Wife, was
published by The Fiction Studio. A short story of mine, "Wili," was
published in Folio literary magazine in Winter 2001.
Although technically a suburbanite, my house is three blocks from the
Chicago border, where I live with my husband and cat, Cleopatra.