Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight

Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight

I'm a woman who asks lots of questions. No wonder, I write thrillers and mysteries with a woman, Sara Almquist, as the protagonist. She's a globetrotting scientist and too independent and feisty to always be a lady.

Believe in education and science. What do you expect from a retired professor in the biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? As readers of Murder…A Way to Lose Weight try to guess who killed the diet doctor, they'll learn a bit about recent research on the effect of gut bacteria on weight loss. Readers were intrigued enough by this mystery to award it first prize in the 2016 Public Safety Writer's annual competition and name it a finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona book awards. Available at Amazon:

I like exotic places, but understand the plot rules in a novel. You'll enjoy the tidbits from my experiences consulting on science and education in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, which I wove into I Saw You in Beirut , but you'll be left breathless by the action as Sara realizes details from her past are the clues needed to rescue of a nuclear scientist from Iran.

I tried to weave the flavor of Bolivia and Cuba into two of my novels. On Ignore the Pain , Sara learns too much about the coca trade and too little about a sexy new colleague, Xave Zack, while on a public health assignment in Bolivia. Then in Malignancy, she tries to escape the clutches of a drug lord and accepts a risky assignment in Cuba, only to be disappointed by Xave.

I love my dog Bug. He's a character in all my thrillers and mysteries and a loyal supporter of my writing. He sits by me most days at the computer.

Listen to others. The Good Old Days? A Collection of stories grew from reminiscences of friends and neighbors about their childhoods in the 1940s through the 1960s.

Know life isn't always fair. I address unpleasant issues, such as child abuse and poverty, in my short stories, and real controversies about drugs, quarantines, and embargoes in my thrillers.

I like to cook and do volunteer work at hospitals. There's no reason why readers should know this detail, but I thought it might give a hint of my life besides writing.

I'm private. My Sara Almquist is more interesting than me. To learn more about me, check out my website: and Facebook page:

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