I grew up near Detroit in the suburb of Grosse Pointe, and now live part of the year in Benzie County, Michigan near the Village of Beulah. Arizona is home for the rest of the year unless I'm traveling somewhere looking for the next story. I've been fortunate to have lived and worked in many different countries in Europe and Asia.
Ocean liners and cruise ships, their history, and the people who work and travel on them have always intrigued me. Many of the characters in my first two books are based on people who I met on a ship, or while traveling and working in various places around the world.
I have a B.A. in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Michigan State University and MBA and M.Ed degrees from Arizona State University.
Before I began writing mysteries, I worked in the semiconductor industry, holding various positions in organizational development, finance, and supply chain management. I've been a guest lecturer at Maastricht University and at the University of Hawaii. I've also been an adjunct faculty member at Rio Salado Community College.