I’m a life-long resident of New England (well, at least since the age of seven), and a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I attended the University of Connecticut Law School and have practiced divorce law in Hartford, Connecticut for over twenty-five years. While Tell Me When It Hurts is my first novel, writing is what I do daily so it felt familiar.

I’ve always been interested in how people cope with heartbreak. My own exploration of that topic started early. When I was seven, my parents died five months apart of unrelated causes. My father had been a Presbyterian Minister in Clifton, New Jersey, a suburb of Manhattan. My mother was a school teacher. A bitter custody battle pitted my maternal grandparents, Hungarian immigrants who lived close by, against my paternal aunts, whom I knew only slightly. Within the space of six weeks, all ties with my close-knit church community were benignly severed when my aunts prevailed in the legal contest, and my sister and I were carted off to a strange land called Connecticut. While my aunts and uncle were wonderful, loving people, filled with the best of intentions, my uncle had a drinking problem which created family secrets and dark corners.

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Tell Me When it Hurts

Perfection is tricky, especially when it’s not real—and it never is.

Archer Loh seems to have the world on a string. A magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, with a law degree from Columbia, Archer has a great husband, a wonderful daughter, and a fulfilling career. Add to that a slot on the U.S. Equestrian Team and Archer can almost forget her mysterious past, her violent history. Almost perfect.

But nothing stays at equipoise forever. Life jigs or it jags; it dips or it soars. When Archer’s daughter, Annie, is murdered, her life shatters and deadly skills, long dormant, emerge as highly relevant. As Archer embarks on her own path to salvation, she snips all ties with the past. Love is now an extravagance, no longer affordable for her.

At her darkest ebb, Connor McCall, Harvard-educated financial baron turned Wyoming rancher, stumbles into Archer’s life and presses her to start reconnecting the dots. It’s an edgy blend of La Femme Nikita, The Horse Whisperer, and something else.

In Tell Me When It Hurts, memories can sustain or sink you, all in the same night and all the same memories.

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