Individual Author Record
I was born in Chicago but lived most of my childhood in downstate Illinois on a farm west of Champaign. I attended Seymour Grade School followed by high school at the University of Illinois Lab School in Urbana. My first two years of college were at the C-U campus of the University of Illinois. I spent one year in Oklahoma, then returned to Illinois until 1969. I finished work for my bachelor's degree at Ball State University in Indiana and worked in several states until my husband and I retired to Colorado. My maiden name was Swartz. Much of my family continued to live in Illinois most of their lives so I've been back to the state many times to visit family members.
My first published novel, The Prairie Grass Murders (2007), was an amateur sleuth mystery partially set in that part of Illinois where I grew up. My fourth novel is a historical mystery set in East Central Illinois in the early 1800s in the fictitious Village of Sangamon. Wishing Caswell Dead (Five Star/Cengage Learing, December 20, 2017) is a finalist for a 2018 Colorado Book Award in the general fiction category. Winners will be announced June 2nd.
Biographical and Professional Information
My husband Bill and I live in Northern Colorado with our Scottish Terrier Sassy and a brown tabby Katie Cat.
I'm a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Rocky Mountain chapter, Sisters in Crime National and the Colorado Chapter, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Northern Colorado Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. I have served as RMFW blog editor, judge for RMFW Colorado Gold Contest submissions, and as conference and workshop presenter.
My first two books were published by Five Star in hardcover and also in paperback by Harlequin's Worldwide Mystery book club. They are now out of print except for the e-books: The Prairie Grass Murders (2007) and The Desert Hedge Murders (2009) are amateur sleuth mysteries. My third published work was Dead Wrong (2014), a 2015 finalist for a Colorado Book Award in the thriller category. It is also available in e-book.
- Wishing Casweell Dead, Five Star/Cengage, 2017
- Dead Wrong, Five Star/Cengage, 2014
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