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The only thing I had in mind when I started writing my first book, was finishing it. The issue of actually selling it came much later. It was only after I made that life-altering first sale did I realise that one book would never be enough. Now, over twenty books and numerous awards later, I simply can’t believe I didn't start writing sooner.
Along with being a writer, I’m a trainer for the Iowa Department of Human Services. A position which is frequently both challenging and rewarding. Human Services is a front-line, real-life event. everything about the job is immediate – from serving families in crisis, to assisting staff with difficult situations, to meeting tension-fraught deadlines. My career has taught me so much about the human condition, it's frailties, it's strengths, and it's spirit. The evocative emotions that I pour into the pages of my books are a reflection of some of my work experiences. My writing celebrates life's richness and trials, offering a wide range of emotions – hope and elation, anger and indecision, laughter and, of course, love. And my powerful love scenes run the gamut from steamy to tender to lusty to just plain fun.
Between writing and working full time you’d be forgiven for thinking that I wouldn’t have time for anything else – and while I do find my work and my writing rewarding, there does have to be more. And there is more. Much more. I am happily married to the perfect man. Who’s a cowboy, ladies! Yes, even Iowa has its share of that saddle-straddling, Wrangler-wearing species who love their horses almost as much as they love their women. As a matter of fact, recently a whole herd of Texans gathered at our ‘Ranch’ to treat their little ones to real horseback rides. Go figure.
In addition to the horses, we have two dogs, Ellie and Boomer, who pretty much get anything they want and one son, Kyle, who, after years of keeping us in suspense, found Eileen, his perfect woman.
Where the Heart is