I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, which explains my inherent cheekiness and my sophisticated sarcasm gene. In the late seventies, my family immigrated to America where I've made a career out of my passions: reading, writing, and teaching.
I'm a professor of English and the Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where, among other things, I conduct a seminar on the art of the mystery. I've been teaching at Alverno for over twenty five years (I began teaching when I was em... 14).
My crime fiction column runs every third Sunday in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. My reviews also run regularly in The Minneapolis Star Tribune.. Oh, and I'm a regular contributor on books to WTMJ4's The Morning Blend (Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate).
My essay "Time is Relative" is part of the HUGO winning anthology "Chicks Dig Time Lords."
Sixteen-year-old twins Matt and Em Calder are Animare: they can bring art to life, and travel in time through paintings. They work for Orion—the Animare MI5—protecting the secrecy of their order and investigating crimes committed by their own kind. It's dangerous work. But when they are sent to Edinburgh to find a teenage boy who can alter reality with his music, they are drawn into something more dangerous still. For this boy, Remy, is the Conjurer's Son. And he carries something that could change humanity forever.