Hello there. I’m a recovering TV writer who spent 8 years working in Hollywood and now writes the Detective by Day mysteries with Midnight Ink. The first, HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, hit stores on August 8, 2017. It was a Library Journal Debut of the Month, called a winning first novel and series launch in a Publishers Weekly’s starred review and named one of the 100 Top Crime Novels of All Time by BookBub. And it won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, Agatha Award for Best First Novel, 2018 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel and 2018 Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best First Book – Fiction (Eek!). It was also nominated for a Barry Award for Best Paperback Original and a Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel. (Double Eek!!)
The second in the series, HOLLYWOOD ENDING, was selected as one of Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2018” books in the Cozy Mystery category, one of CrimeReads “20 Best Crime Novels of 2018,” one of Book Riot’s “Rioters’ Favorite Mysteries, Thrillers, And True Crime of 2018,” and was one of the TODAY show’s “Best Summer Reads” for 2019. It was also nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Novel and an Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original!
Unfortunately, the third in the series, Hollywood Hack, is still a Word doc on my laptop. I was in the middle of finishing it up when my publisher closed my imprint. I was–and am–super excited because it focused more on Emme and had more of Z, who was a character I love. Plus the title was a play both on celebs getting hacked and the nickname Hollywood gives writers and directors who they think are overrated. Hopefully one day it’ll be published. There’s a cover and back cover copy floating around on the internet that we tried to get down, but alas, it’s still out there.
I’m also thrilled to share that the series is now out in audio thanks to Dreamscape Media. Pick them up on Audible or wherever audiobooks are sold!
My time in LA included a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what I did for a living. Probably because I seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people every week. But to me, Hollywood is a place where it’s better to laugh than to cry. And so I wanted to write a series that combined my love of mystery with the absurdity that can be show business.
You can find out more about the Detective by Day series (and me) by visiting the links in the above menu.