I’ve always been a writer. My earliest stories, carefully crafted with No. 2 pencil and that soft, lined paper that tore when you tried to erase, showed an early affinity for Noir: someone always died at the end. After college, years of toiling as a lexicographer first at Merriam-Webster, Inc., and later as a freelancer with Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan, and others, sharpened my editor’s pencil. Things I love, in no particular order, are the New England landscape, supporting and promoting local businesses, cycling and fitness, and, most of all, my family, which includes my husband, two kids, two guinea pigs, and a lovebird.