Penny’s Bio


After a number of times hearing me sigh and say, “This book is terrible. I could write something better,” my husband challenged me to do just that. I took the dare and after years of writing poetry and children’s stories as  a hobby, sat down to write a novel.

 The result is my first Daisy&Rose mystery, Roses and Daisies and Death, Oh My, an off-beat cozy that draws on a lifetime spent in Washington DC area, the wonderful, slightly eccentric people I grew up with, and the  odd assortment of pets my family acquired over the years.

I grew up in suburban Washington with four sisters and one brother. I fell in love with and married a local boy, Tom Petersen, and together we raised our two children never venturing too far from home. I am now  extremely excited to be pursuing my second career as an author.

My husband and I live with our three feral cats in Bowie Maryland. In addition to writing, I enjoy time with my children, grandchildren and large extended family. I like to travel when possible, refurbish old furniture,  and collect family stories and recipes for the ‘family cookbook.’ I love historic homes and am a docent at Riversdale Mansion in Riverdale Maryland.

I’ve just completed the second in the series, Roses Are Dead, My Love, which will be released April 1, 2015 and am hard at work on number three.

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