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Biography

I lived in Southern Arizona most of my life. A lot of my early years were spent on my belly in dry arroyos hunting sand rubies, converting the propane tank into a stagecoach and exploring the Sonoran desert on my horse. Later my family had a ranch where we raised cattle.

My freelance work has covered a broad spectrum -- advertising and editing, writing television and radio spots, political speeches, training manuals, brochures, articles and, of course, books. I've also taught creative writing/edited through the Long Ridge Writers Group, the University of Arizona and Pima Community College.

My traditionally published books are: Enju(Northland Press; 1982); Lyons on Horses (Doubleday; 1991,co-written with horse trainer John Lyons); America's Best (AMC; 1995); The Last Song Dogs (Bantam; 1999); The Sporting Club(Bantam; 2000); Rode Hard, Put Away Dead (Bantam; 2001); Crack Shot (Bantam; 2002); Feathers Brush My Heart (Time Warner; 2002; Singing Valley Press; 2014); Traggedy Ann (Dell, 2003) and Feathers Brush My Heart 2 (Wyatt-Mackenzie; 2013).

My mysteries have been nominated for both the Shamus and Barry Awards. Feathers Brush My Heart 2 was a finalist for the 2014 Indie Excellence Awards in the Death & Dying category. Reflections on a happy, bold & hopefully long life was a finalist for the 2015 Indie Excellence Awards in the Personal Growth category. I have been a judge for the Edgar Awards and the Shamus Awards as well as the St. Martin's Press Best First Novel Award. In 2000 I was fortunate to be one of five nominees for the Arizona Arts Award.

My thrillers include: Bobby Bad and Harvesting Ray. Standard Messiah is my only metaphysical novel so far. An Ounce of Prevention is my nonfiction book on how to stay safe around horses.

Reflections on a happy, bold & hopefully long life (Singing Valley Press; 2015) is the 16th book I've written and the most recently published.

My favorite book? America's Best.

Many of my books are available in both ebook and traditional book formats.

I have always loved New Mexico which is where I now live. We're out in the country where I continue to ride, garden, read, cook (and eat!), sketch, paint, write and have fun.

Life is good.