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I haven't always been a writer, but I've always been a dreamer. As a child I used to tell myself stories to keep myself entertained while I was doing chores. (I was always the heroine, of course.) However, I didn't start writing until I turned thirty eight, just one year after my father's unexpected death. It was then I realised life promised no guarantees about how much time you have and thought 'why wait to pursue my dreams?'
Having begun reading Harlequin Romance novels about ten years earlier, I found that romance writing came naturally. Over time, I realised two central themes dominated my writing: family and small town/country life. Many of my books have cowboy heroes; partly because I read all Zane Grey's romantic versions of the Old West as a teenager, and partly because my parents grew up on farms.
I was raised in a family of four children with a stay-at-home mom who was a terrific cook and an excellent teacher – I learned the importance of family at an early age. But, family comes in all shapes and flavours. What's important isn't the two parents and the 2.5 children, it's love and support.
The last element that frequently appears in my stories is a dash of humour, just enough to bring a smile to your face. I believe laughter is good medicine and it definitely makes a six-foot hunk even more attractive!
With that in mind, it may surprise you to discover I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas: a major city; and that my marriage ended fifteen years ago. Yet, with support from my mother and siblings, me and my two daughters discovered our own definition of family. I taught during the day, wrote at night, pursued my dream and raised my children.
Now, with my daughters pursuing their own dreams, I write full-time and am wrapped up in my storytelling. I live each new adventure with the vigor of a young girl, still dreaming up tales while washing dishes. I hope to entertain my readers as much as I entertain myself!
While You Were Sleeping