Iím always in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it gives me things to write about.
I have been writing all my life, and five years ago I started publishing my novels. Since then I have published seven: No Way to Peace, The Admiral’s Daughter, All the Flowers, Infamy, A Shower of Roses, Sara's Laughter, andThe Golden Door.
I write novels not only to entertain but to bring a deeper understanding of how the major issues of our times affect our lives and challenge our values. My themes are love and war and peace and redemption. My main characters are women who risk their lives in pursuit of social justice. My books appeal to educated readers of serious fiction and are popular with reading groups. They all come with book discussion guides that include an introduction, a conversation with the author, and questions for discussion.
My first career was in journalism with the Wall Street Journal, after which I served in the army during the Vietnam War. Then I joined a large international bank and worked overseas, initially as an economic and political analyst, applying skills I learned in journalism and the military. I spent the next thirty years living and working in foreign countries, which has given me the settings for my novels (Buenos Aires, Madrid, London, and so on).
I love to read fiction. My favorite authors are Graham Greene, William Trevor, Anne Tyler, and Isabel Allende.
My latest novel, The Golden Door, was published in July 2012. It's my seventh published novel, and it's about a family of illegal immigrants in Alabama dealing with the state's harsh anti-immigrant law.