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I have loved writing since I was a little girl. In fact, my first books created were hand-written school books (of course I pretended to be the teacher), followed by short stories and poems. Criss Cross: A Holly Novel may not be my first book, but it’s the first one I decided to publish, with the love and encouragement of my amazing husband. It’s the first in a series.

I read a wide array of books. Sometimes I just want something cozy that makes me laugh, but more often than not I prefer crime novels. I quickly learned that most secular crime novels are full of swearing and too-graphic scenes that left me feeling a little queasy (and let's be honest, who wants to read a book that makes you feel like up-chucking? Just turn on the news). So I decided to write my own crime novel.

I don't want anyone to dive into my books expecting a sugarcoated world with romantic overtones and an ending wrapped up with a nice little bow. I want my books to reflect the real world--a world that is messy, terrifying, wonderful, and sprinkled with humor. There may be romance, but it will never be the focus. There will be hardships and trauma, and I hope my characters come across as a real person you might meet while walking down the street. Writing this series is an exciting journey with my husband, and I hope others enjoy it, too.

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