My Christmas wish.

For those of you who have read ‘Gone But Not Missed’, you’ll know about Craig’s Christmas wish. (For those of you who haven’t read the series, now is a good time to start. The 7th book was released earlier this month! Gone series )

A Christmas wish was not a thing I had heard of before writing the book. Now I see it more often. So, this year, I made a Christmas wish and it was granted!


A new furry edition to the family!

I wish you and yours a happy holiday season.


(One more plug— Do you love dogs? and Christmas? Then you’ll love ‘Saving Ferris’ Saving Ferris )

Yes, it’s true!

I was asked by a reader over the weekend if it’s true that pets are considered property. Yes, it’s true! That is the basis of my novel, Saving Ferris. Cecilia Chandler faces murder charges for killing an intruder who was threatening her dog, Ferris. The law says Ferris is property but Cecilia is learning he’s family.

I won’t go into any further detail (Spoilers!) but E. B. Davis said it best– “I read it and loved it. There are some interesting legal issues that the author includes, which are pivotal to the plot.”

The book was inspired by classes I attended at the Writers’ Police Academy. So, again, yes, it’s true!

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love the book. If you’re not, it’s still a great book. My goal was it to appeal to all readers. I wanted a reader to wonder what they would decide if they were on the jury.

ALSO, it’s a great time to start reading Saving Ferris. The trial occurs during December. Holiday buying habits are a critical part of the questioning and you’ll have to read it to find out why!



Dec 2, 2008 – Remembering my pup

On this date, ten years ago, at 5:30pm, my dog L died. She was my beauty, my best friend, my constant companion. And she is an inspiration for Laude, Lily’s dog in the Nathan Miccoli Mystery series.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what Laude looked like, here she is.


I remember the exact moment of her death so clearly, even this many years later. I was watching the Gilmore Girls, an episode where they had a funeral for a neighbor’s cat.

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years. But, I’ve kept L alive through Laude.

As I complete final edits of Gone But Not Over, I’m reminded that K, the dog I had a child, also a schnauzer, has become a part of Laude. Her interactions with Lily’s and Nathan’s baby are based on stories my mother told me about K and me as a baby.

As I face my first Christmas without H, I recall Christmas 2008, just weeks after L’s death. It was the saddest Christmas I’ve ever had. But H, a pup who never missed a meal, stayed at my side throughout the day, even as my mother prepared dinner.

Dogs are a part of my family. And this Christmas, a big part of our family is gone. H is missed terribly, and even ten years later so is L.

Maybe another schnauzer will join the Kennedy clan in 2019. Time will tell.