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I'm a Chicago writer. My nonfiction stories, journalism articles and suspense novels feature the city as a character— its shimmering skyscrapers, its dangerous streets, its scrappy personalities. I write about the sorts of secrets that are as dangerous as loaded guns and how under just the right circumstances, our inner criminals emerge. I write about crime, cops, tough women, the newsroom and hole-in-the-wall dives on the South Side where you hear the best soulful jazz. These are places I have been, places I know, places I'll take you in my work.
My fiction explores the intersection of crime and race and the privileged elite in a divided city. My protagonist, Natalie Delaney, is a feisty Chicago crime reporter who challenges stereotypical perceptions of women. Natalie's ethics are tested in multiple ways as she navigates the underworld of the city to unravel complicated crime networks. She routinely finds herself in dangerous environments, like the South Side of Chicago and on a frozen island in the middle of Lake Superior. My fiction is influenced by my years as a journalist in which I specialized in covering subcultures, like secretly married priests, rebellious nuns, graffiti artists, prostitutes, and street kids. As an investigative reporter, I uncovered injustices, such as military prisoners who were paid their salaries behind bars while their victims got nothing. I revealed how disabled veterans didn't get their rightful share from the government. And on a happier note, how doctors saved lives after the Haiti earthquake. Come explore my work.