Chris wrote and sold short stories years ago, but when real life intruded with demands from job, family, and continuing education, she had to give up writing until after she retired. Her first project then was a family saga, based on her own childhood. Meant for family, it was so popular, she's constantly urged to rewrite it for publication. But she wanted to write what she loves to read, intelligent, thought-provoking mysteries without graphic sex and violence.
While she was writing her first book, "Love, Murder, and a Good Bottle of Wine," the Saturday Evening Post chose one of her short stories for inclusion in their 2015 online anthology of best short stories.
"Snowbound" which follows one of the characters from the first book, was more difficult to write because Chris lost a significant amount of her vision through glaucoma. That not only robbed her of much of her vision, but her ability to drive, and other things she loved, like gardening and travel. She doesn't mind not being able to do housework, though, and can still read, through her Kindle. She's now working on a third mystery, following a different character from the first book.