I made my career as an award-winning journalist but even before that, I was always writing lengthy letters to my friends and family – especially my mother. She saved them, a child’s script scrawled in pencil and printed haphazardly between the lines.
I’d always wanted to write a book – a story that would transport readers into another world and make them laugh, or cry, or suffer angst right along with my characters.
“Broken Justice, Blind Love” is my fifth- novel. It’s a romantic suspense that I hope does all of the above.
My books pay tribute to police, fire and other emergency responders. These are folks who deserve respect. Police and other law enforcement personnel are the good guys in my eyes. And in my books, the good guys always win.
My books are loosely based on my news experiences as a reporter in Pittsburgh, PA. and Cleveland, OH., writing for two of the country’s top 20 newspapers. They are stories about the people I met, the crimes I reported and the jaw-dropping moments that stuck with me.
Additionally, I’m a romantic at heart, so I like to weave romance and a happy ending into all my books. But the journey to that smile generated on the last page is not always easy.
I promise enough suspense to satisfy the reader’s desire for action as well as enough heat to burn the pages.
“Broken Justice, Blind Love” blends an intricate tale of serial murder and domestic violence into a love story between the police officer and the murder suspect. A common theme of trust runs through all of my books and “Broken Justice, Blind Love” is no different.
The heroine must choose between her head and her heart – believe the evidence against him or follow her heart and find the real killer.
Since my roots are in Pittsburgh, I try to insert familiar places and landmarks into all my stories as well as the city’s incredible sports teams – The Pittsburgh Penguins, The Pittsburgh Steelers and The Pittsburgh Pirates.
It’s true: Pittsburgh natives bleed black and gold.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from real-life events, big and small. It can be a unique name, an overheard phrase, a glance at a young couple obviously in love or the sadness of a funeral.
Anything that sparks an emotion for me inspires me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer.
Once that little spark of inspiration ignites, it smolders slowly into a story idea and then into a story. Often I only know the beginning and the end of a story I start out to tell. My characters carry me along the way, usually surprising me with what they do.
Their story becomes so important to me I have to share it with you.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters all the time. I question where they want to take their story and whether or not they are thinking clearly.
In “Broken Justice, Blind Love,” the main character owns a gym and sometimes I think I see him when I’m at my gym. It’s just as easy to be riding in the patrol car with Trish when I’m driving.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write. Write.
Each one of my books is better than the last because I keep writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I never considered self-publishing. I prefer the guidance and security of an established publishing company.
I support indie authors. It’s an individual choice each author should research and make.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Alas, I think print products such as newspapers and magazines will disappear. Books will still be a viable commodity because they offer an escape from real life.
But I suspect more and more books will be digital and the availability of a paperback will wane.
What genres do you write?: Romantic Suspense and Contemporary
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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