I worked in the news business for more than 25 years before turning to my first love of fiction. I earned my Bachelors degree from Barnard College and a Diploma with Honors from the University of Leningrad in the Soviet Union. The following year I got my Masters in Science from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University where I was selected as the David Jayne Fellow by ABC News. I worked for the network in London and New York for four years before taking flight for the West Coast where I started as a writer/editor at KCBS radio in San Francisco. From there I became an on-air reporter at KFBK radio in Sacramento where I sat alongside a guy named Rush Limbaugh. Moving back into television, I reported for the CBS, NBC, and Fox TV stations in San Francisco and Oakland. My speciality was crime stories and I was dubbed the 'blood and guts reporter'. Those days provided some good fodder for material now appearing in my mystery series! Following the birth of my son, I wrote for many years for The New York Times on health, business and the arts. If I am not swimming or writing with a rescued cat nearby, I am usually recycling anything in my path.