Tell us a bit about your family. It’s quite natural for me to write about sea adventures, since I’m descended from a long line of sailors and whalers. Originally from New England, the largest Portuguese community outside of Brazil, I’m a second generation American, the oldest of five and the first person in my family to attend college. Paving the way for the others, my brother and three sisters did the same. Thanks to two scholarships, and working to finance my education, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
After graduation, I landed my first professional job in a New Jersey high school. How has my upbringing influenced my career? For me, reading is a passion that starts the moment you share a book with a child. Growing up, my four siblings and I had a house full of books, from novels to encyclopedias, and I credit my mom with instilling a love of reading in me. What I didn’t know until I became a teenager was that my father was illiterate. When I saw how well he could hide his personal challenge, I understood the clues, and brought them with me to the classroom as an English teacher. To this day, I’m not sure whether they or I enjoyed the courses more.
During this time, I met my husband, a seafaring forensic chemist. Seeking balmy skies and waters, we relocated to Florida where we raised two sons. Over the years, writing has been my passion and my release. Though at times it’s been quite a challenge finding time for everything, including raising a family in a dynamic city, working full time, reengineering my career, taking care of aged parents and simultaneously building our home, from scratch I might add. That’s right; we laid concrete foundations, erected cinder blocks, applied stucco, and learned to do electrical work and plumbing from Time/Life Books, while our youngest played in a playpen beside us.
To sum it all up, my career took me from a NJ high school English teacher to biotechnology executive and president of the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management before I shifted to writing books. Today, my husband and I live on the Treasure Coast of Florida, and my mom and our two grown sons and their families live nearby.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? Resourcefulness. I’m not a quitter and always find a way to get something done.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? A surname like “Bodie” is often mispronounced. Sometimes I hear “boney” instead. Oh how I wish! Being thinner is a lifelong challenge.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? “This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her…So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life.” ~ Florida favorite son, Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Putting my family first, making family time a priority.
What is your favorite color? Deep Green.
What is your favorite food? Pizza
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Genre – Thriller / Suspense
Rating – R