About Thonie

Conference picWho I am…

After accepting a dare, I was hired by San Rafael Police in 1973 as a Parking Enforcement Officer. Now, 35 years later, I look back on a long and varied years in law enforcement. It was a career that fuels BY FORCE OR FEAR and many more. I spent nearly seven years on the street as a Community Service Officer but the bulk of my tenure has been as a dispatcher. During that time I have written several technical manuals. Because of my interest in writing, I have authored law enforcement related newspaper columns for the Inyo Register, Tri-City Times and the North Valley Times. I write like I think: like a cop. After spending so much time in the field, I’ve learned many things. My most useful lesson is that I’ll never know it all. There’s always research to be done, people to talk to, stories to write.

In BY FORCE OR FEAR, I use horses peripherally to further the story. I have been a happy horse owner for thirty years. I retired in 2011 and spend my time writing, riding horses,  kayaking when weather and time allow as well as traveling. I live in Petaluma, California with my husband, Danny. In November of 2013, INTENT TO HOLD, the sequel to BY FORCE OR FEAR, won first place in the Oak Tree Press “Police Blotter” fiction contest. The prize was publication in e-book and print and promotion of the book. The second Nick and Meredith story is set in Mexico: the partners go to Puerto Vallarta to rescue Nick’s brother-in-law from a crime cartel. I’ve just launched the third title in the Nick and Meredith series titled WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT. Malice is set in northern Sonoma County near Lake Sonoma and follows Nick and Meredith on a homicide investigation that throws them into a dangerous plot to devastate the county. All three are stand alone novels which can be read in any order. As I update this site, I’m working on the fourth novel, working title is FELON WITH A FIREARM.

Upcoming, I don’t’ see an end to this writing madness. I have a box of notes for new stories to start as soon as the last one is done.

My mission:


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