My first dip into the creative pool was as a dancer. In college, I tried to find something more practical (a/k/a "financially viable"), but still gravitated toward more creative pursuits, concentrating on Radio/TV/Film production and English degrees. Post-college, my dancing dreams continued until age twenty-five. I was living in New York City and looked around my sad little rented 8 x 8 bedroom in a stranger's sixth-floor walk-up apartment in the East Village and began feeling old (for a dancer) and tired (of waiting tables and being broke), and maybe not even good enough. I needed something more.
Enter law. The folks thought it was a crazy leap--and perhaps it was, but I was ready to read and write again, I was ready for a little financial stability, and I hoped it would lead to something interesting. After I began practice, there was just one problem: My work was limited to facts and arguments. But my clients, co-workers, and nearly everyone I met fed my love of rich, dark, twisted and complicated characters and soon I was scratching that creative itch, drafting fiction on the side.
My first novel was inspired by my life as an attorney and my desire to bring a disturbing legal procedure that is (or at least was) widely unknown to light. (Thanks to a lot of coverage on the topic after The Green Line was released–a feature story in The New Yorker Magazine and a segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver— the public is more aware than ever about this issue and hopefully the laws will soon change.)
With Broken Grace, the seeds of the story stemmed from my love of southwest Michigan, beautiful and rural, but where you imagine a criminal mind could fester in the quiet that comes with harsh winters and pastoral surroundings. I also wanted to write a true mystery, where readers would remain in the dark along with the protagonist for as long as possible.
And thanks to my loyal readers, when I'm not acting as chauffeur and short-order cook for my family, I'm now writing full-time (unless I'm in the basement battling writer's block with my power tools).
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