True fact: I've been accused (on more than one occasion) of drinking too much tea and getting lost deliberately. And, though my mystery series is set in Hawai'i, I'm a cold weather girl at heart. My favorite place to visit and explore? Iceland—which, in case you haven't been, shares many similarities with Hawai'i (lava, volcanoes, island isolation, legends and myth). Two of the recurring characters in my Dark Paradise Mystery series are Icelandic transplants who've relocated to Hawai'i.
When I'm not traveling for pleasure or while on assignment for a magazine, a great day for me involves hiking along a wild seashore in coastal Maine, or through a snow-drenched forest at home in the Colorado mountains while searching for fox and bear tracks and trying to identify the calls of birds.
As an award-winning writer and poet, my work has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and journals. In 2015, I was honored to receive a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, and I've been a staff writer or editor at national publications including Fit Yoga, Delicious! Living Magazine, Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine. I was a contributing author to Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001), and received the Frances Buck Sherman Award for Outstanding Woman Poet in 1996. For years, I served as the poetry editor of Many Mountains Moving literary journal, and one of my all-time favorite writing assignments was a commission to create original essays that appeared on the boxes of ten separate flavors of Celestial Seasonings Teas, including the company's flagship flavor, Sleepytime. Needless to say, copious amounts of tea sampling was required.