The Washington Post published my article, “My mother spent her life passing for white. Discovering her secret changed my view of race — and myself.” To read the article go to:

The Daily Beast published my article, “My mother passed as white–even to me.” To read the article go to:

To hear a podcast I did for Cook Memorial Library here’s the link – published an excerpt from White Like Her. To read the excerpt go to: published my essay about racial identity in America. To read the piece go to:

Speakers Boutique has invited me to join their speakers bureau. To learn more go to:

Ms. Magazine blog published an excerpt from my book, White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing. To read the excerpt, go to:

Mystery Readers Journal published my article, “Resorting to Murder,” in their Midwestern Mysteries Issue. If you’d like to read why I set the Leigh Girard series in Door County and not Chicago. go to:

My essay, “A Passing Shadow,” was anthologized in Reflections on Nursing: 80 Inspiring Stories on the Art and Science of Nursing, compiled by the American Journal of Nursing. To order, go to:…/dp/1496359062

My article on the craft of writing, “Writer, Interrupted,” appeared in the Club Hen House blog, Henery Press. To read the article, go to: 

WRITES OF PASSAGE: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey won an Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction Book (Sisters in Crime The Writing Life Series, Book 3) To order copies go to:

HOMELESS, IN MY OWN WORDS: True Stories of Homeless Mothers has been ranking in the top 100 e-books on poverty on For more information go to: