Bachelor of Arts, City College of New York, 1967.
Editorial assistant MacMillan Inc., New York City, 1967-1969. Interpreter, International Telephone And Telegraph, New York City, 1969. Associate editor Basic Books, Inc., New York City, 1970-1972.
Freelance cons.to magazines, book publications, 1972-1973. Editor, special assistant to public Avon Books, Inc., New York City, 1973-1975. Freelance author, editor, 1975-1976.
Senior editor Crown Publications, Inc., New York City, 1976-1977. President Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc., New York City, since 1977. New York State Merit scholar, 1963-1967.
Member of Mystery Writers American, Writers Guild American, Authors Guild American, Association Authors' Representatives, Association Authors' Representatives.
Married Ian Ross Jenkins, June 24, 1979.