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I earned two degrees from Pennsylvania State University: a  B.A. in History (1965) and an MA in Rhetoric (1970). In 1982, I earned a B.Sc. in Computer Systems Technology from Spring Garden College.


My first career was as an educator, starting as a History teacher in public schools in Philadelphia and Oslo, Norway. During that period, I spent 6 years as a full time faculty member in Penn State’s Department of Speech and Communication.  

I switched to computer programming in the 80s, and then to consulting work, specializing in systems analysis and project management. The firms for which I worked supported Fortune Fifty companies  and government agencies.

I turned to writing full time in 2008.

Writing Career and Books

  • Detective novels: 
    • Low Light (2010)
    • The Subversive Detective (2012)
    • Killer Math (2014)
    • Phished (2017)
  • Literary fiction:
    • Knots (2013)
    • Short stories
  • Narrative non-fiction:
    • Two Conventions (2015)
  • I write occasional columns for a local newspaper and teach political rhetoric at adult education centers in the Philadelphia suburbs.