I write, study history, and work the reference desk at the public library. My home in the Missouri woods is shared with Richard, my husband of 50+ years, Cookie, a little white terrier, and Sunshine, a big yellow cat. After seven non-fiction books, I finally turned to the writing I always wanted to do: mystery novels. TANGLED ROOTS, a tale of secrets, lies, and murder along the Missouri River, was published January, 2017. My next novel, THE SANITY OF STRAWBERRIES, a murder set inside a state mental hospital, will be published in 2018.
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In the 1950’s, Fulton State Hospital officials heard frequent requests from distraught parents and community agencies about children with severe behavior problems. There was no place for these children to go. There had been children at the hospital before, but … Continue reading
In 1958, when this picture was taken, my mother, Myrtle Paul (left), and her friend, Ann Hall, were called Attendants. They were two of the frontline caretakers of the mentally ill at Fulton State Hospital. My mother took months of … Continue reading
Mama was modest and didn’t usually let anybody watch her get dressed, but on the first day of her new job she called Sissy into the bedroom to help her and I went, too. Mama had a list of everything … Continue reading
My new novel begins with a murder that takes place in the Biggs Building, the only high security facility in Missouri for the treatment of the criminally insane. It’s set a few years in the past, during a sweltering summer. … Continue reading