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I fell in love with writing more than thirty years ago, on a rainy afternoon spent at a friend’s house with a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons and a freshly sharpened number two pencil.
Those early attempts at the craft had me writing and illustrating stories for young children. I’m glad now that I saved my first writing attempt in a hand decorated shoe box (complete with sparkly stickers) before I moved on to my next idea. My second book ‘O’Casey’s Wish’ was so utterly brilliant, I sent it off to a well-known New York publishing house, certain that I was on the verge of becoming the next Don Freeman or Shel Silverstein.
Months later, I received my first formal letter of rejection. While I wasn’t of the mind set to save that first crushing blow for posterity, I did save the original copy of this particular literary masterpiece in the event the letter was a mistake.
Desperate to prove my flexibility as a writer, I soon found myself dabbling in jokes (for my Girl Scout troop’s newsletter), stories of angst (a somewhat autobiographical look at my teenage years), movie reviews (for the Xavier University Newswire), and countless news and feature articles (for newspapers in CT, SC, TN, and MO).
It wasn’t until I was home raising children of my own though, that I was finally able to dust off that rainy day dream and bring it back to its original form – writing fiction. Today, I live in New York with my family and I am proud to be a bestselling Romance author for Harlequin.
Oh, and if you meet me at a book event in the future, ask about O’Casey’s Wish. It tends to travel with me everywhere I go.