ABOUT THE AUTHOR The author was born in Buffalo, New York. In 1970 she and her family moved to a haunted house in southern New York State. The house became the subject of her first book, Echoes of a Haunting. The experience precipitated a move west to California in 1975 where she worked for the City of Santa Clara until 1990. In December of that year she retired to the central Oregon coastal community of Florence with her mother, Ann. Their dog "Dear" Abby serves as their guardian angel. Regrettably, Miss Kitty died of kidney failure in May, 2008 at the advanced age of 18. She has a fill-in (but not a replacement) named Keely. This is a phonetic version of her true name: Caoileigh which means beautiful in Gaelic. The name is very accurate.