ABOUT TWIST (in her own words)

Working on the word count in Copenhagen


I’ve always been a storyteller. Growing up in a half-Irish family meant you didn’t come to the dinner table without a story to tell. While at Stanford earning my undergrad and law degrees, I wrote for the student paper. As a plaintiff’s trial lawyer (I specialized in suing middle-aged white guys who stole other people’s money) I was known for my compelling cross-examinations and closing arguments that persuaded juries. So becoming a writer wasn’t that much of a stretch.

I write mystery novels and short stories, usually with a twist I hope you don’t see coming at the end. Many are set in other countries, all of which I’ve visited. A strong sense of justice motivated me to be a lawyer, and guides my fiction as well. My protagonists strive to do right, within—or outside of—the system. If you like reading about characters who are professional to the core, but have a heart, too, and if you enjoy mysteries that make you think, my stories may be for you!

I’ve been fortunate to have my work win awards and be featured in “Best Of” anthologies, and to have authors like Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, and Margaret Maron and publications such as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist say nice things about it. Check the books out for yourself here!


Ready for takeoff


I’ve been a traveler about as long as I’ve been a storyteller. I had a passport and took my first intercontinental plane ride before I was one year old. After retiring from a successful law career, I bought a boat and circumnavigated the globe (with Sofie, my Norwegian Forest Cat) for ten years. I also earned my private pilot’s wings.


I now split my time between Colorado (where I love to ski and road bike) and the rest of the world (now traveling with a husband instead of a cat). This year I’m closing in on 600,000 miles flown to almost sixty countries (with many repeat visits to favorite places). Check out my blog for my latest travel photos/videos and tales!