As a writer, there are two things I loathe — starting with a blank page and writing about myself. So, I ask you, be kind.
A former advertising executive, I never fit comfortably within a corporate mold. I bailed from that ship a few years ago, spending my time teaching and creating. I was lucky to have fostered that freedom and fortunate that I was still able to pay my bills.
Writing has always been a part of who I am, first as a marketing professional, now as an educator and author. Many of the characters now filling my books were born years ago in my imagination, in stories told to and with friends and family members. The narratives bounced back and forth, each retelling adding a new dimension to these protagonists.
My inaugural series features Elle Cunningham Mackay, a professional genealogist and historian. Her Scottish-flavored mysteries immerse the reader in a world of kilts, pipes, highland games and, regrettably, haggis. I grew up on twisty tales by Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen and other golden age greats. The Elle Mackay books are an homage to these masters, with a little modern sensibility tossed in for good measure. Elle’s first adventure, Thou Shalt Not Kilt, is scheduled to print in late 2017.
Other planned series include thrillers featuring Elle’s life-long friend Emery Vaughn, Victorian fantasy tales of the Forgotten Gods and a darker trilogy of Forgotten Gods books starring demon hunters Dante and Cheshire.
In my free time, there are few things I enjoy more than telling stories through art and marketing. I have crafted brand stories for some of the biggest companies in the country, and now the stories I am telling are far more personal. Painting, hiking, and collecting – anything I can do with family – round out my days.