I started out wanting to become a Renaissance woman. I learned to keep a garden, to draw a picture, I worked on becoming a warrior. I read voraciously. But after my teacher told me I had to pick one thing, and I couldn't, I worked as an investigator, the family business, for over 25 years. When it became necessary to change professions, I became a teacher. All that reading, broadly and deeply, has supported me in my efficacy in the classroom. I love my students. I love working with young people, but there is something missing, something I've had my entire life: a sense of potential danger. I am a danger junkie, so, to assuage the longing, I began writing stories that took my protagonist into dangerous situations, and found it satisfied my own longing for a fix.