After several careers at Waldenbooks, Crown Publishers, American Express Travel Related Services, WNET and ABC, Rosemary thought she had finally retired when a small item in the New York Times about a mummified body piqued her interest. Subsequent research led to her first book, the Agatha and Anthony-nominated, Pushing Up Daisies, the first title in the Dirty Business mystery series from St. Martins Minotaur.
Daisies was followed by The Big Dirt Nap (aka Corpse Flower), Dead Head and Slugfest.
Rosemary’s first standalone novel is The Bitches of Brooklyn . Inspired by the classic Hollywood film, A Letter to Three Wives, it explores the histories and relationships among a group of friends when it’s believed one of them has run off with another one’s partner.
Research for her historical work-in-progress has taken her to China and Vietnam – albeit 100 years later than her heroine.
A master gardener, Rosemary is a long-time volunteer at The Philadelphia Flower Show where she has exhibited in competitive classes winning an honorable mention, an herb society award, two third place ribbons and two second place ribbons. (Hopefully there is a blue ribbon in her future.)
When she’s not traveling, writing or gardening, Rosemary finds time for kayaking and hiking; at last count she’s visited over 70 national parks, monuments, and recreation areas, but her favorites are Yosemite, Arches and Canyonlands.
Something else that’s near and dear to her heart is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s goal is to improve substandard housing for people all over the world.
If you are not familiar with them, please visit the Habitat for Humanity site. As of this writing, Rosemary has been on numerous Habitat builds, including China, Tanzania, Trinidad, El Salvador, Charleston, SC, Kalispell, MT, two trips to Mexico, and two trips to post-Katrina New Orleans. She encourages everyone to support this amazing organization, both financially and through volunteering.
Inspired by her Habitat experiences, Rosemary and her husband Bruce (with the help of many generous friends) built a library in central Tanzania.
Visit the Chalula Library Page to learn more about it.
Rosemary is past president of Mystery Writers of America/NY Tri-State Chapter, and past president Sisters in Crime New England Chapter.