Unlike many of those who make their home in Southern California, I was born in Los Angeles. I’ve watched my city change over the decades and become the most ethnically diverse city in the world.
My parents were avid readers and my father’s love of horror and science fiction helped to develop my taste for the macabre. The works of Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Bloch, Daphne Du Maurier, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Gothic prose of the Bronte sisters had a profound effect on me. Although I don’t write science fiction, I loved the works of Ray Bradbury and heard him speak about his love of the written word on many occasions.
I’ve spent much of my writing career an entertainment journalist and movie reviewer in print, on-line and on radio. Along with Dr. Caroline de Costa. I co-authored a biography of Sarah Bernhardt and Dr. Samuel Pozzi, The Diva and Doctor God. Caroline and I also wrote a well-received article for the prestigious British publication, History Today, and two articles published by The Lancet. I also collaborated on The Soul of Los Angeles, a history of African Americans in Los Angeles published by the Los Angeles Convention Bureau. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI).