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I suppose you could say I've always been a dreamer. In my mind's eye, I can still see my first-grade teacher shaking her head and scolding, 'Hope, stop daydreaming and pay attention!'
I tried, really I did. But how could the dreary assignment on the chalkboard begin to lure me away from the dashing Disney fairy-tale figures populating my head? Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty and Prince...
Well, you get the picture.
In middle school, I 'graduated' from romance a la Walt Disney to grown-up love stories by the likes of Victoria Holt, Anya Seton, and Daphne Du Maurier. Someday, I promised myself as I thumbed through my dog-eared copy of Forever Amber, I’d write a romance novel of my very own.
That dream has weathered a masters degree in Psychology, a Ph.D. in Education, a four year stint as a federal government research consultant, and several years as a freelance writer. In 1994 I finally packed up my graduate school texts, purchased Kathryn Falk’s small, pink paperback entitled 'How to Write a Romance and Get It Published' and joined the Romance Writers of America. I’ve never looked back.
As a romance writer, I get to spin fairy-tales of my very own – life-affirming stories in which the hero and heroine find not only their soul mate but their souls into the bargain. And much like fiction, 'real' life comes with its share of twists and turns. In 2008 I packed up myself, including cats and books, and quit the quaint historic town of Fredericksburg, Virginia for the Big Apple – talk about a big change! I'm entering my fourth year in the city and the move to Manhattan has worked out to a Happily Ever After best, bringing wonderful new experiences, friendships, and projects.
Huzzah to Happily Ever After!