Trish Macdonald Skillman

Various factors play a role in the development of an author. For Trish Macdonald Skillman, some of those factors were these:

  • Having a mother and an aunt who were librarians
  • Growing up with a public library in her backyard
  • Winning a city-wide essay contest while in fifth grade

Trish began plotting murder and mayhem at an early age. As an only child, the most important activity of the day began after tea parties and baseball games ended and playmates went home.

  • Heart stopping bike chases
  • Courtroom melodrama
  • Aborted hangings of innocent heroes

Such were the flights of childhood imagination that laid the foundations that led to Trish’s Dell suspese novels Someone To Watch Over and Buried Secrets, and her latest work, Writing the Thriller, a March 2000 release from Writer’s Digest Books.

Along the way, Trish raised a daughter and son whose relatively uneventful childhoods added little to her knowledge of legal systems or prison procedures. Her supportive husband provided no research opportunities into domestic violence. Luckily, her 25-year banking career sparked enough murderouis thoughts to lend some personal insight into the criminal mind.

A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc.,Trish has also edited and published Quick Reference Rules for English Grammar, drawn from instruction she and her mother received from the same high school English teacher.

A native of Shelbyville, Indiana, Trish and her husband now live in New Braunfels, Texas, where she is working on a new project. Watch this site in the coming months for updates.

Books by Trish Macdonald Skillman

  • Writing the Thriller, Writers Digest Books, (ISBN: 0-89879-928-7)
  • Buried Secrets, Dell Paperback, June 1995 (ISBN: 0-440-21742-3)
  • Someone to Watch Over, Dell Paperback, November 1994 (ISBN: 0-440-21739-3)
  • Quick Reference Rules for English Grammar, T M Skillman, September 1996