I’m a huge fan of films and books created during the 1930s-50s, with their blend of sharp wit, humor, and dark suspense. That passion inspired me to write Bait and Switch, a mystery/romance set in 1943 published by Touchpoint Press. This novel, the first in a series, features a sharp, witty, imaginative female lead who’s ripe for a little romance, even if it is mixed in with espionage, deception, and murder. Along the way, she’s helped as well as hindered by her sharp-tongued sister, an acerbic brother-in-in-law, her seemingly steady boyfriend, her wise-guy cat, and a mysterious stranger from England. If you enjoy the strong female characters, humor, ingenious and tense plotting, romance, and vivid recreation of eras past in Susan Elia MacNeal’s WWII suspense novels, Kathryn Miller Haines’s Rosie Winter homefront mysteries, and Rhys Bowen’s Georgiana Rannoch series, this novel should be your cup of tea. I’m especially excited that the sequel to Bait and Switch, Letter from a Dead Man, has been accepted by Touchpoint Press; and I expect to be getting comments from my editor shortly! I’ll let you know more as production proceeds.
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I also have a day job, teacher in the English Department at Worcester State University. My favorite courses, some of which I developed, are: Romantic and Victorian Gothic; Shakespeare; Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Literature; Screen and Page: Film and Literature; Shakespeare and Film; and Pastoral Literature of the 16th and 17th Century. I love exposing students to ideas (on the page or the screen) that they’ve never thought of before, as well as helping them see themselves in the work of artists new to them. Just as important, not only do I try to get them to think critically and with open minds, but I work to help them find a voice that accurately, eloquently, and honestly expresses that thinking.