Penny is a 36-year-old social worker who lives in South Boston in an apartment she shares with her roommate, Gloria, and her one-eyed almost-black cat, Ranger. Lately, Penny hasn’t had much time for hobbies because her job is in jeopardy and tracking a killer to help her sixteen-year-old client, Dani, has put her in danger.
Penny and her brother Owen grew up in Indiana in a quiet suburb. She doesn’t think a lot about her childhood, but sometimes it comes back and nudges at her. Owen now lives a couple of hours away in New Hampshire, where he and his physician wife Maria are raising three daughters, seven alpacas, a yellow lab puppy, and two cats.
In Ruby Milk, Penny is torn between rekindling an old flame with Will, a sweet, settle-down-and-have-kids graphic designer living in Madison Wisconsin, and Marco, a worldly and traveled musician. The choice highlights her internal struggle about what kind of life she wants to live, whether moving out of the city and starting a family would be right for her, or whether she wants a more unconventional path.
Penny likes cats, exotic cocktails, thinking about cooking, and dreaming about travel. In book two she develops an appreciation for street art. You can learn more about her interests by visiting her Pinterest and following her on Twitter.