In 1991 in undergraduate school, I enrolled in a class called “Introduction to Criminal Justice.” Fast-forward and I became an instructor for the same class. Now I am a criminologist who has studied, written, and lectured on crime for over 25 years. Criminal Justice and writing are my true loves; so it seems natural that I am a true crime author.
I have appeared as a guest speaker, lecturer, and instructor for organizations across the United States, to include Dallas Area Paralegal Association, National PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays), Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, Tennessee Correction Association, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and many more.
My resume lists loss prevention, the Sheriff’s department, the federal prison system (minimum to maximum, male & female), investigations, and as a Director of Criminal Justice programs in education. A migraine-related stroke slowed me down two years ago, and I realized I had to escape the corporate world. Now I teach part-time and I write.
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I have written articles on crime and courts for several online news sites, and my work appears on education websites. I am the only journalist who is continually investigating the disappearance of Tabitha Tuders, Nashville’s most baffling missing child case.
I have trained at law enforcement schools across the country, including Texas, New Mexico, and Maryland. One of those schools is in Roswell, New Mexico; I returned safe with no alien abductions.
I am a proud Texan with Irish and Native American roots. I do volunteer work in animal rescue and nonprofit organizations that focus on crime prevention. My pit bull, Bronx, is in training to be a search and rescue dog specifically for Alzheimer’s patients, a tribute to my grandmother.
To get away from criminal justice, I spend time traveling, horseback riding, perusing flea markets, and video gaming. My spouse and I live in a refurbished 1940’s farmhouse with dogs, cats, snakes, horses, and birds (all rescues). I admit: I have an addiction to bottled Coca-colas. And, I will also admit, a phobia of clowns, dentists, and alligators (not in that particular order).