Based on towns in northeast Ohio where I lived many years, Crystal Falls is a fictional conglomerate of Chagrin Falls and Chardon, Ohio. Our family now lives in coastal South Carolina where we enjoy the balmy climate. For a glimpse of my family, visit the Photos page.

Like my characters, I enjoy gardening. Back in zone 5, I knew every leaf in the landscape. Here in zone 9, not even the grass is the same! I love the tropical plants and have found ligustrum is similar to lilacs. Camellias bloom in winter instead of peonies in summer. I’ve needed a crash course in southern gardens, not only to whip my yard into shape (still working on that) but to write my books.

Besides writing, I also work part time at a local pregnancy center where I assist and counsel women in unplanned pregnancies. In addition to gardening, I enjoy walking on the beach, swimming, reading, traveling and entertaining. See the Fun page for favorite garden party recipes.

I pray that my stories and characters help you realize that God loves you no matter what!

God’s Blessings to You,



“He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31-32