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I was born in Visalia, California and am a real small-town girl at heart. I love central California's golden foothills, oak trees and the miles of farmland, rich with the sweet and heady fragrance of orange blossoms.
As a little girl I spent hours on my bed, staring out the window, dreaming of far-off places, fearless knights, princesses and happy-ever-after endings. My parents fed my imagination by taking our family to Europe for a year when I was thirteen and that incredible time abroad changed my life. Overseas I discovered a huge and wonderful world and fell in love with its different cultures and customs. I also spent much of my high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan and Ireland. I loved everything about Europe, but felt especially passionate about Italy and those gorgeous Italian men (no wonder my very first Presents hero was Italian!)
After completing a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in American Studies, a program that combines American literature and American history, I worked in Sales and Marketing. Later I earned my masters in writing from the University of San Francisco and taught junior high and high school English. I now live near the beach in San Clemente, California with my surfer husband and three sons. After a morning walk along one of our beautiful beach trails, I sit down at my computer to write stories about far-away places, fascinating people, and love, because doesn’t everybody love a story with a happy ending?
Pride and Prejudice