I was born Phyllis Ashworth in Oak Park, Il., and attended Northwestern. I met my husband in California and we live there still.
As a child I read everything I could get my hands on and I knew I wanted to be a writer. Besides writing, I'm active in our local performing arts club where I sometimes act in plays or sing in musicals. I'm a member of Romance Writers of America as well as Mystery Writers of America and have recently formed a local writer's group in my community, dedicated to helping aspiring writers to network.
My credits include ten romance novels, a mainstream novel and a non-fiction book, plus articles and short stories. I was a Golden Heart finalist and one of my novels won the San Diego Book Award. I was also a finalist in the 2012 St. Martin's Press Malice Domestic "Best First Traditional Mystery" contest
I have ghost-written three books, one published in the religious field and two self-published by a businessman client. Plus two radio scripts produced by American Radio Theater. My article, "Two-Part Harmony," was published in The Writer Magazine. The article, "Critique Groups, A Writer's Best Friend," appeared in San Diego Writers Monthly.
I have been on radio and television (for my non-fiction book), have participated in book signings in stores, plus book fairs, and have been featured in national and local magazines. Finally, I am a member of Mensa and am listed in Who's Who in American Women.
Olivia Grant may be once-widowed, once-divorced, chocolate-addicted, and directionally-challenged, but that doesn't mean she still can't have a little fun! Her activity of choice? Helping out in her brother's San Francisco P.I. business. (Though if you asked him, he might see it more as "meddling" than "helping.") But when Olivia's best friend is accused of murdering her husband, Olivia knows this is not just fun and games anymore. Charging into action, Olivia relies on her newfound P.I. know-how to round up a slew of suspects—even getting a bit too cozy with a certain handsome one—and vows to ferret out the truth. But when the danger finds its way to her own doorstep, can Olivia outwit a killer before she becomes the next victim?
Feeling at loose ends after her recent divorce, dedicated chocoholic Olivia Grant decides to visit relatives in jolly old England. Only things are anything but inviting when upon arrival Olivia stumbles on the dead body of her uncle's much-younger widow floating in the estate's lily pond. The police's theory: the victim had been drinking and fell in the pond while out walking her dog. But, if that's true, Olivia wonders how the dog got back in the house. Much to the chagrin of her eccentric British relatives, Olivia tries her hand at amateur sleuthing. Hey, if Kinsey Milhone can do it, so can she! What Olivia didn't count on was a family member with a secret worth blackmailing over, a trip to a home for aging criminals, and the appearance of a mysterious Mr. X. When another dead body falls at Olivia's feet she knows she's closing in on the killer...but will she catch him before he catches up to her?
Impetuous—and sometimes klutzy—Darcy Gibson, a Los Angeles magazine writer, is given the assignment to research a tour of Italy for an article. Her boss calls this her “last chance” to save her job. But she meets Todd Matthews, an artist/computer consultant, and, despite her plans to stick strictly to business, romance follows. Todd feels the same about Darcy but has a skeleton in his closet. Just when the couple feel they’re able to solve their problems, Todd is accused of molesting a young girl on the tour, and he leaves town. Can Darcy, who has forgiveness problems of her own, not only find Todd but pull a rabbit out of a hat to produce a happy-ever-after?