I graduated with distinction in 1988 from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and won three creative writing awards while at McGill. I graduated with Dean’s Honors from University of Cincinnati, College of Law, in 2001. I currently practice law in Connecticut. I think that my legal background lends substance to my research and writing. I am comfortable with plowing through large volumes of trial transcripts and court filings, finding the dramatic tidbits, and weaving them into page-turning scenes.
Growing up, I struggled with whether I would become a writer or a lawyer. As a voracious true crime reader, writing in that genre is therefore a perfect fit for me. An outsider looking at my childhood and adolescence would think that I had the perfect life: upper middle class upbringing, academic and athletic achievements, and no shortage of romance. It was a facade. My family life was fraught with turmoil and secrets. At an early age, I started journaling to vent my personal pain. Over the years, writing kept me sane; it was a source of comfort, joy, and escape. Some authors talk about “writer’s block.” The concept mystifies me. Creative ideas literally keep me up at night, and many sleep cycles are rudely interrupted by having to turn on the light and jot down ideas.