I write cutting edge, fast-paced stories full of adventure, unique characters, mystery and suspense. I've published two novels with Kensington Publishing Corporation and have placed and won writing contests as both a published and unpublished author (ex. National Reader’s Choice finalist (published), RWA Golden Heart finalist). I am a member of Mystery Writers of America and several national and local writing organizations.

Flying and science are evident themes in my recent manuscripts. I live in a family of military, test, and commercial pilots, and learned to fly (recreational light aircraft) while my husband was going through test pilot school. From flying with my family as a child, to piloting my infant son in a small plane to grandma’s house, the adventures in the skies haven’t stopped. Keeping up with my sons, I also learned how to dive and survived sparring for fifteen years as a black belt in Kenpo Karate.

I'm a hydrogeologist by training with an M.S. in geological sciences and have taken additional engineering graduate coursework. I've taught at a university, worked on a project for the Air Force Flight Test Center, worked as a design engineer for a civil engineering firm, and have done computer modeling and field studies as a hydrogeologic consultant. I've studied in England and Italy, traveled to South Africa, Egypt, and South America, and still travel to places of interest all over the world so I can make my stories richer.







I had to bring in the family. On the left is my husband, who flies for Southwest Airlines. Center is my dad, pictured in front of a Civil Air Patrol aircraft. He is one of few pilots to have achieved the Wright Brother Master Pilot Award for 50 years of active flying. Right, sitting on the edge of a fighter cockpit, is my son who flies a lot faster than his mom. He was rather doomed to grow up in aviation. LOL.








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Remember that part about keeping up with my boys. This photo was taken at my sons' Kenpo Karate black belt test. It shows the entire family (all black belts). In center is Robert Vanelli, a champion fighter and owner of the studio.

Sandy kicking. Photo by Robert Vanelli (he is a professional photographer as well as a 5th degree black belt).

A quick pause in the shade at Philae temple in Egypt. This temple was one of several rescued from flooding by the Aswan (and a lower) Dam.

Novice photographer Sandy in Plaza San Francisco in the old section of Quito, Ecuador. Note bulky camera bag on hip and camera in hand.

An old photo at the Dayton (Ohio) Air Show. You can guess why hubby took this photo. He gave me this “air show” shirt.

Being the family photographer has drawbacks when trying to find photos of me in front of a plane. This one is from my younger days. My two year old was just out of the picture getting ready to fly.

Thanks to Robert Vanelli for my super outdoor portrait (far left column). Catch more of Vanelli's photography at