Books have been the one constant in my life. I grew up with a dining room my mother turned into a library. I learned early the value of a questioning mind, possessing lots of books and a good china teapot. But it wasn’t until third grade that I began working to overcome dyslexia and learned to read, going on to make words my life’s work.
My first professional piece was published in Merlin’s Pen, a national magazine, at age 17. I then started my first novel as a self-selected elective in high school. From there I went on to become a public relations professional and freelance writer for newspapers and national magazines for over 20 years. I joined Romance Writers of America in 1993, and was selected as one of eleven finalists in the nation for The American Title II contest (The American Idol of Publishing). I got kicked off the island in round four, but never stopped amassing the rejection file that was nearly half a foot thick by the time I sold to Harlequin in 2008.
Now I've been married to my PROM date over a quarter of a century (I knew he was hero material when he suffered through our first date withe my little brother riding between us in the back seat while my parents drove us to the dance.) We live in a Victorian house on a few acres of land in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle with our kids, where I can watch the horses in the pasture from my turret office, smell the flowers in my garden, drink tea with milk and sugar, and play domestic servant to the cats and kind master to our mini Aussie dog. I adore chocolate - hate coffee, and love to write stories that take my readers to another time and place - sometimes a whole different world.