A LITTLE SHIVER is not my first book. That one was written—all 45 pages of it— at age 12 in Middle School at Bay Shore, NY. It was a bloody ghost story. Back in those days, however, girls didn’t write scary stories—not ladylike. My English teacher reprimanded me and wrote a note to my mother. A guidance counselor spoke to me. Everyone was upset. This ended my writing career for many years but fortunately not forever.
My career has taken several wildly different turns. In addition to years spent as a technical writer and editor, I also successfully sold my wildlife paintings. And for more than twenty years, I was in business as a forensic document expert, authenticating, buying and selling historic autographs and rare documents. (Yes, I had some very interesting clients.) All this happened in addition to getting a technical education, being happily married, and raising three successful sons.