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Think there could be a body in there? Let's find out! I write fun, fast, fantastic stories. Visit my website for tidbits, articles, and more. My first book, Why Rita Hates Monkeys, is available now at!

Background Information

Every day I walk my dog by a creek. Somebody found an endangered amphibian swimming around there and so it still flows right through a housing development. (Nobody has seen the amphibian since.)

The creek is crammed with cattails and peppered with tiny fish. As I walk across the little bridge, every day, I have the same thought.

"I wonder if there's a body in there?"

Writing mysteries is how I let the macabre part of me out for exercise. I add a lot of humor, because I think fiction should be fun, and a lot of weird characters.

One day I checked out a couple library books on the rainforest. I admired pictures of rushing water, climbing plants, and cute, furry critters.

Then I thought, hey, let's drop chopped-off human hand in it!

Thus, Why Rita Hates Monkeys was born.  It's a wild romp through the rainforest. It's full of humor, dramatic events, and rainforest facts.

And yes, there's licorice.

Available now at!




Birth Place
Fairfield, CT USA

Must have left them in my other pants.

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