Hello, I currently live in Vancouver, WA with my kismet (you’ll know what that means when you read the books), Eric, and our two dogs, Tino and Fergus. During business hours, I wear my office manager hat for a small company. When I’m not doing that or working on my next novel, Eric and I spend our time with home improvement projects or nursing ourselves back to health after those home improvement projects. I also volunteer with the Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation, making sure that homeless IG's (Italian Greyhounds) are adopted into safe and loving forever homes. I've also been riding horseback every week for several years now - it's definitely in the top few things I enjoy. Spending time with friends and family is incredibly important to us and we do our best to make that happen as we can. Hiking, biking, walking, and kayaking fill up the rest of the cracks in our schedule. So yes, we're insanely busy and active, and we love our life.
My Writing Roots
I hated to read. Loathed it. Despised it. My entire family loved to read and I found it as boring as staring at a blank wall. That was until I was in my mid-twenties. A friend of mine kept talking about this amazing series she was reading. She told me that if I wasn't hooked by page 58 to close it and put it down. I figured, 'what the hay, let's give it a try.' I was hooked. This came at a difficult time in my life and I was basically hiding away from the rest of the world for a couple of weeks. During those two weeks, I read the first four books of The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (because that's all there was at the time). This is significant because the books were about 1200 pages each, and remember, I despised reading. From that point forward I learned to open a book and put it down if it didn't grab me. No pressure to read something I didn’t like. I found that a lot of them did grab me and I began averaging three books a week. One day I decided to try my hand at writing an opening line. The opening line turned into a paragraph and I was pleased with it. I IM'd it over to Eric and he said, 'Ooh, who is this? I already have three questions about the story.' A writer was born. I continued to add onto that initial paragraph until about 70,000 words and three months later I had my first novel completed. I'm still stunned.
I’m not going to talk about my technical writing style, but more about the style of the stories themselves. I like romance. I like happy endings; rainbows and unicorns. That’s what I laughingly tell people when they ask about my books. Yes, there are plenty of dark moments that my characters face, but in the end: rainbows and unicorns. So, if you’re looking for a can’t-put-the-book-down story then check out my Kismet series. The stories are fun, full of twists and turns, but always end up with rainbows and unicorns (figuratively speaking).