I grew up in northern New Jersey with three older brothers. My family is still close, and my brothers help inspire some of the “guy stuff” in my Jack Donegal Mystery series. My father, a retired engineer and inventor, has also provided inspiration for my quirky toy inventor/amateur sleuth, Jack Donegal. Now, the family has expanded to include five nephews, one niece and even a nephew-in-law and niece-in-law.
I enjoyed writing stories from the time I was very young. My teachers sometimes liked reading them aloud and, since I was a shy kid, this made me want to sink into the floor! One of my early stories that my family remembers featured a mouse couple named Smidgen and Smidgenette.
I discovered puppetry as a high schooler while traveling across the States one summer with a group of teens, singing and performing drama. The next year, at Cedarville University, I joined a puppets writing team, writing scripts for the college puppetry teams. This was my introduction to it. Post-college, I began my own puppet ministry team at my home church and learned all I could from puppetry conferences.
For 10 years, I worked as a reporter for North Jersey Media Group, covering stories on local politics, schools, crime, community events and human interest. I am now a freelance writer.