Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she grew up dreaming of life as an author. She began her writing career as a reporter doing features. Her popular personality feature stories for the newspaper and its sister magazine, coupled with her love of Maeve Binchy novels and all things related to the British Isles, eventually led to her decision to write novels that include strong individual character stories within the context of the novel. Designing Hearts is her second novel. Her first novel, Manifesting Dreams, was released in November 2011 to favorable media reviews in regional publications. A third novel is in the works.
Since 1981, Ms. Strachan has served in executive and development roles in higher education, health care, and medical research. Ms. Strachan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in English and Philosophy. She is also a published poet and a professional artist. She makes her home in the Chicago area.