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✺ Born in Detroit; married; three grown sons.


✺ Studied journalism at Michigan State University; then my MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.


✺ Newspaper reporter, magazine editor, then freelance journalist.


✺ I got my publishing start with true crime books, including the New York Times bestseller, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand; although I'm probably best known for my first memoir,  Bootstrapper. It won this and this. An Academy Award-winning actress optioned the film rights.

✺What's it like being a writer? Mostly it's just really hard. But then you get to write a book about your best friends.


✺ My hometown newspaper, the Traverse City Record-Eagle, runs my column the last Sunday of the month, give or take. Sometimes, they even print my journalism


✺ My husband bought me a GoPro for my birthday. This is the result

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