Nancy’s most recent work is FIRE AND SPIRITS, a middle grade fantasy about a 13-year-old witch who is uprooted from her comfortable life in a little town where everyone is a witch and thrust into the ordinary world. Her particular witching talent is the ability to understand the languages of animals, and she uses this ability to investigate the strange rash of supernatural fires that breaks out in her new, supposedly ordinary, town.

Nancy wrote her first mystery, “The Creepy Paw,” at the age of seven, inspired by Nancy Drew. Inspiration of another kind came years later when follow-up reading to a theology course introduced her to the world of late antiquity. A few months afterwards, she began writing WINDS FROM THE EAST, the first of her historical mysteries set in fourth-century Rome. “The Secret of the Red Mullet,” her first published piece of fiction, features younger versions of the characters in her Roman series.

Her novel CHIMERA, a contemporary fantasy set in Paris, was a finalist for the 2013 Daphne Du Maurier award in the unpublished mainstream category, and her short story “The Black Cat” won the 2014 contest for best Halloween story submitted to Kings River Life Magazine. Another short story, “The Secret of the Red Mullet,” was selected for inclusion in the anthology FISH TALES (Wildside Press, 2011).

Nancy’s background as a theological librarian with a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Pennsylvania has given her the research skills to create an authentic voice and setting for her historical fiction. She is a member of SCBWI, Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America.

Nancy lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband Patrick and a houseful of stuffed dragons who guard the door and keep the dust bunnies at bay.

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