The hardest thing about adolescence is that everything seems too big. There's no way to get context or perspective, ..... Pain and joy without limits. No one can live like that forever, so experience finally comes to our rescue. We come to know what we can endure, and also that nothing endures.
Most people don't have the money to spend on advertising to create awareness among readers, nor do they have the contacts at newspapers or magazines to get their books reviewed.
People have less privacy and are crammed together in cities, but in the wide open spaces they secretly keep tabs on each other a lot more.
I grew up in conservative rural Kansas in the 1950s when it was expected that girls would not have a life outside the home, so educating them was a waste of time.
I thought it was time for a tough, smart, likable female private investigator, and that's how VI came to life.
I wish I could remember where I put things. I spend half my life looking for my keys. With the other half I look for my glasses.
I'm lucky in having found the perfect partner to spend my life with.
Around the time I turned 30, I wanted to publish a novel.
I had wanted to write Ghost Country for a long time, but it wouldn't work.
In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print, stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries. At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed seven times as often as books by women.
My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they expected me to stay at home and look after my younger siblings and do the housework.
I spent 10 years as a marketing manager. I've found my experience in the financial world invaluable background for writing about white-collar crimes.
I went to college at the University of Kansas, where I got a degree in political science.
I love to sing. I'm a soprano.
Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich, astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy, magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking ride along Chicago's mean streets.