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A little bit about me....

Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN. (Photo by Linda Thorne)
View of Florence from San Miniato al Monte
With A Florentine Friend at Ognissanti Church, Florence. This is the Vespucci Family church & figures prominently in "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin."

Several years ago, in an aged issue of "National Geographic Magazine," I read of the infamous Sunday morning in April 1478 when in Florence Cathedral assassins attacked Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici, the young "de facto," or unofficial, leaders of the Florentine Republic. That Sunday Giuliano fell to the church floor with his skull split in two, while Lorenzo drew his sword, leapt the altar, and escaped to the sacristy with a few friends. Fascinated, I read countless books written about the Pazzi Conspiracy, as this colorful event in Italian Renaissance history is called--an event now popularized in "Assassin's Creed." My reading led me to real-life lawyer/ambassador Guid'Antonio Vespucci, who was a Medici man throughout his long, illustrious career, and to Guid'Antonio's nephew and secretary, Amerigo. In the Guid'Antonio mystery series, Guid'Antonio is cast in the role of private investigator. Alongside him stands Amerigo, who serves as Guid'Antonio's Dr. Watson/Captain Hastings.

When I travel, I enjoy going to Italy, especially to Florence, of course. I collect books on the Italian Renaissance, particularly those about Lorenzo de' Medici and his circle, which included not only Guid'Antonio and Amerigo, but also their friends and neighbors Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, poet Angelo Poliziano, the amazing Caterina Sforza, and other fifteenth-century luminaries, along with their antagonists, Pope Sixtus IV, Girolamo Riario, and Francesco de' Pazzi.  I've published several short stories with the Vespuccis as my protagonists (one story was a finalist for the Macavity Award given by Mystery Readers International), and my book reviews appear regularly in the "Historical Novels Review." I'm a member of the Historical Novel Society (serving in the past as Agent/Editor Liaison & Secretary for the North American conferences), the Authors Guild, and the Women's National Book Association. For HNS, I am the MidSouth Chapter Lead.  I am also a member of Mystery Writers of America and a member and past president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization for mystery writers and readers.

Upon graduation from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky with a master's degree in English, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where I live with my husband, our black cat, and our two (!) feisty Schnauzer-boys.

Florence ~ My kind of town.