About Liberty & Ongoing Projects

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Forced at the age of 10 to read a Nancy Drew book, I became a lifelong book lover that day. Before that, I hated reading. Since then, I have read countless books, primarily mysteries, and have a very healthy, and maybe slightly unwieldy personal library.

I began writing around the age of 14 when I decided that the distributors of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys novels weren't putting them out fast enough. Initially, I wanted to try ghostwriting for those series, but eventually shifted into creating my own books. Since then, I've written several unpublished novels that have all helped me become a more skilled writer.

In college, I obtained a Journalism degree, but because of my conservative views, decided that the press was probably not the best place for me. I married right after college to the only man I ever dated. We've been married for a dozen years now, and have a daughter, a son, and a rambunctious chocolate Labrador.

I currently write mysteries and light science fiction, though I hope to write a political thriller in the vein of Vince Flynn one of these days. When I'm not writing, reading, or tending to my family, I'm most likely watching Star Wars, Bones, or Castle, baking, or hiking. My family and I reside in Kansas, of which, I'm a lifelong resident--and proud of it.

These posts share a bit more about my family and myself.

Just who is this TMOTH?

TMOTH refers to The Man Of The House, or my lovable husband. While I try not to share too much about him out of respect for his privacy, since he's such a big part of my life, sometimes his exploits or our history bleed into my writing life and I simply must share about him.

Current Projects

Title: Reprisal

Genre: Mystery/sci-fi w/ some romance

Synopsis: When Cora Lindhurst goes missing, her billionaire best friend, Tamryn Caporelli chooses to track her down at all costs. What she doesn't count on is falling for the private detective she's hired to assist her.

Status: First draft with beta readers, 3rd draft complete


Title: Beyond Dead (2009 NaNoWriMo project)

Genre: Mystery - police procedural/fantasy

Synopsis: In a world where super-humans exist, some are more super than others. Police Detective Darby Shaw is one most supers consider 'less super', though through her one power, she can resuscitate murder victims. She and her partner, Detective Mark Herman, must face a puzzling serial killer in their latest case--whose ultimate victim may be Darby if they can't stop them in time.

Status: First draft complete, with beta readers, 2nd draft in progress; Tentatively contracted with Splashdown Books.


Title: Dead Before Arrival (sequel to "Beyond Dead")

Genre: Mystery - police procedural/fantasy

Synopsis: Darby Shaw and her boyfriend/partner, Mark Herman, have a troubling new case when expectant mother and super-human Patty Reynolds has her throat slashed. The most troubling thing: Mark's seen this case before. Before he and Darby were partnered, he had a case identical to this one. As they dig further, they uncover a pattern of murders stretching back a decade where super-human mothers-to-be have been murdered in the same manner, and they must track down a serial killer before he kills another expetant mother.

Status: First draft complete


Title: Coda (sequel to "Dead Before Arrival", and final in the trilogy)

Genre: Mystery - police procedural/fantasy

Synopsis: Mark and Darby face their highest profile case yet when an antagonistic US Senator and Presidential candidate is murdered... and Darby is the prime suspect.

Status: Outlining

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