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While I physically live in NW Ohio, my heart and soul reside in the Great Smoky Mountains. Someday I'll step out of the door of my house and see that view again. For now, it's enough to know that refilling my soul's well is a quick seven hour trip south.
For our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a ceremony renewing our vows, in... (where else?) the mountains. There's nothing like being driven to a chapel in the mountains after hiking streams all morning! But when the other half of your heart gets down on one knee and proposes, the dirt and grime surprisingly fade away.
That, my friend, is why I write romance novels. It's a chance to share my love of love and romance with others. My greatest hope is that I give at least one reader a moment or two of romance, or memories, or even a chance to dream.
The road to this day hasn't been easy, but wonderful things aren't always a piece of cake. Sometimes they’re like a hike up to the Chimney Tops, but always worth the effort. Along the way on this writing journey, I filled boxes with rejection letters and manuscripts that until recently, I didn't think I'd be able to fix. Never say never.
The whirlwind roller coaster ride began with the first call from Harlequin Historicals and hasn't stopped yet. Having an excuse to talk to myself and provide answers is wonderful. It's nice to have a legit excuse for my odd insanity. I'm happy to have the chance to share my stories with readers.
If you're an unpublished writer – don't ever give up the dream.
If you're published – thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us.
If you're a reader – bless you for letting me and all other authors into your mind, into your heart and into your dreams.