After growing up in Missouri
and Ohio and spending many years in North Texas, I've developed a passion
for mountains and oceans, particularly the ones in Scotland, which is
heaven's front porch and which I visit as often as possible. I've been
lucky enough to travel to other parts of Europe, the Middle East, Japan,
India, and Down Under.
While I've worked a few "real" jobs, as an
engineering aide, a librarian, a newspaper columnist, and a college
history teacher, all along I was writing stories and critiques first for
my desk drawer and then for fan magazines. My first professional fiction
was published in the Amazons II anthology.
My husband is a retired geophysicist. Our two adult sons are in
advertising and computers respectively. We have a cat and an assortment
of houseplants I view as rentals -- how long can I keep them before they
die? Our home is a tract house cleverly disguised as a book-lined
My hobbies (or what I do when I'm trying to avoid working)
include needlepoint and knitting, gardening, public television, walking
and tai chi, and crossword puzzles. I love music, particularly
Celtic folk/rock, classical and ancient, and I can play many of the Lord
of the Rings movie themes on the piano.
Lillian with Tony Christiansen at the Miner's Cottage
house museum in Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia.
Tony showed Lillian the best ghost video she's ever seen,
made in that very room!
(Reflective patches on
his shirt are catching the flashbulb; he's not glowing
Unlike more methodical writers, I never sat
up one day and said, "I'm going to start writing now". I've always
written, just as I've always read. Just as I've always breathed, for that
matter. And I've been aided and abetted since the age of twelve by my best
friend, science fiction writer Lois McMaster Bujold.
If I could be anything other than a writer
(as if!) I'd probably be a librarian.
Over the years I've been inventing my own
genre, mystery/romance with supernatural/ historical/ mythological
underpinnings. And I've become a firm believer in the odd synchronies of
the writing life. Soon after finishing Ashes to Ashes, for example,
which is about a woman from Missouri named Rebecca working in a replica of
a Scottish castle, I visited the real castle and discovered the tour guide
was a woman from Oklahoma named Rebecca.
I am a member or former member of
Novelists, Inc., and The Author's Guild.
Scotch on the Rocks
Lillian on the rocks of the northern Scottish coast-- that
is, heaven's front porch.
Holly. A purrfect pet. Rest in peace.
[Header photo of Lillian taken by Laura Domitz]