I’ve been reading romances since…honestly, I can’t remember when I first picked them up. Probably somewhere around high school. I used to read a lot of Harlequins, along with John Saul and Dean Koontz. Diana Gabaldon is my absolute favorite author. But my all-time favorite read is a good, heartwarming romance. I write what I prefer to read—heartwarming and sweet, but sensual. There's just something about reading a romance. It warms my heart and gives my soul a bit of hope. Reading them is an escape for me. Writing them has become a passion. Okay, more of an obsession.
I started writing novels somewhere around the year 2000. It started out as a dream I had early one morning that begged to be written down. It was a simple image, but something about it intrigued me. This boy in this wheelchair seemed to have a story to tell. The more I wrote, the more the story unfolded, and the more addicted I became to the process. I eventually found a message board on ivillage.com (which no longer exists) where several more experienced writers showed me the ropes. Four books and many rejections later, I published my first book back in 2010.
Personally...I was born in Queens, New York, some forty odd years ago. I’m about the only member of my immediate family who didn’t actually grow up there. My parents moved away when I was three, and we moved around a lot, so I grew up on the west coast, between California and Washington state. I currently live in the Seattle area of Washington. You know, I don’t mind the rain so much. I do miss the sun, but you can’t beat the mild weather.
My husband and I married in 1996. He isn’t a romance fan and he isn’t a writer. In fact, the only thing he reads is the Yahoo news page. lol He’s a computer geek and a car guy. Give the man a screwdriver and he can fix darn near anything. But he’s my biggest supporter and my best friend. We have two boys and two very spoiled dogs.
When I'm not writing, I'm usually reading. I’m the happiest with a book and a dog in my lap. You can also find me vegging out with a computer game (Diner Dash anyone?) or in front of the TV.
The Fun Stuff
Things I love:
That first cup of coffee in the morning.
The first bloom in spring, when the sleeping world finally begins to awaken.
A good, smooth dark chocolate (about 60% -- Godiva and Dove are excellent).
A warm, summer rain
Singing (although I’m terrible at it. lol)
A full moon
Going barefoot in the grass
Books that make me cry
Fresh, warm chocolate chip cookies
Fresh bread, crusty and chewy on the outside, soft on the inside
Favorite movies: Too many to list them all, but these are a few I could (and have) watch again and again…
Grease (1 and 2)
Superman (all of them, but I’m particularly fond of Superman Returns and The Man of Steel.)
The Green Mile
The Color Purple
Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Lover Awakened J.R. Ward
Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Uglies and Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Current Favorite TV Shows: Supernatural The Walking Dead Scorpion
What I do when not writing:
Listening to music – I like a little bit of everything, but really, I like music that moves me, that “speaks” to me.
Cleaning (usually needed because I’ve been caught up in writing or reading. lol)
Playing mindless games. Candy Crush, Diner Dash, etc.
Guilty pleasure read? Historical romances, particularly Regency and Medieval, and erotic romance
Little known facts about me:
I was the first member of my family to go to college.
My entire family was born and raised in New York City, but eventually moved away. I was born there, but raised on the west coast.
I’m an empath. That means I feel things and can communicate with the dead. This is something you’ll likely never see in my books, though, because I’m too close to the subject matter to see it objectively. Also why I don’t read too much paranormal. But it does help me put myself into my characters shoes.
I’ve had dogs my whole life.
Studied psychology in college but never graduated. Quit when my oldest was born. Wrote my first official book when my youngest was about 6 months old.
I worked in a bakery my senior year of high school. I miss the fresh bread the most. Okay, and her honey oat bran muffins. lol
Up until I started writing, Harlequin romances were all I read. Harlequin Historicals. Had a monthly subscription for years.
Number of books I’ve written to date: 20, including a Sailor Moon fan fic, lost somewhere on the net, and a YA romance featuring a paraplegic hero (also lost). The first 6 books were practice and will never see the light of day. lol
Idiosyncrasies while writing:
I need quiet. Which means on days when my husband works from home or during holidays when the kids are out of school, I have to get most of my writing done in the early morning, before they get up, or I get nothing done.
I am, for the most part, a “seat of the pants” writer. I come up with a basic premise, the hero and heroine, a couple of key scenes…then I sit down and write and see where my characters take me.
I’m also a character writer, so I always come up with the characters first. But I don’t “create” them. I let them tell me who they are.
My “working titles” are always the hero’s name; it’s how I remember them.