Brief Biography

betsy01-smI was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, the oldest of four children. When I was a child my father’s job took the family to Europe for four years in the Fifties, where we enjoyed the advantages of an extremely favorable currency exchange, so my sister Alix and I were able to attend a fancy elementary school for girls in London, Ladys Eden’s and had classmates with Honorables in front of their names.. We then moved to Paris where we attended Cours Ste. Genevieve, a not so fancy French elementary school where we learned grammatically flawed Parisian playground French. Coming back to the States as spoiled brats, we were then forced to return to ordinary life.

I graduated from college with a degree in English, married and lived in New York City, where my son Alex was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital in the Village. I later moved to Venice California, where I worked as a story analyst for ABC Pictures, met my second husband, an artist, and moved to Europe. We lived in Rome for a while, then moved to a small Greek Island, Skopelos where we lived for two years and where, having nothing else to do, I began to write seriously for the first time.

Eventually, after a stint in New York City, we moved to Bisbee, Arizona, which was just getting a reputation as an artist community and bought a house for five thousand dollars. I ran Cochise Fine Arts, a community arts center there and also wrote some reviews for ArtSpace Magazine. Eventually I got a job as a Victim Advocate with the Cochise County Attorney’s office. A victim advocate helps victims of violent crime through the criminal justice system and being a victim advocate was probably the most interesting and meaningful job I have ever had. It brought me in touch with a wide range of people in crisis, when people are at their most honest and taught me as much about life as any journey to a foreign land ever could.

My main sources of amusement are my two orange cats; Patrick and Angel Baby.  (I dedicated my fourth book to Patrick) and a defense attorney who is very good at home repair..

Betsy Thornton