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When I was about ten years old, my mother let me read a 'grown-up' book. It was a Harlequin romance novel about a small-town veterinarian and the family practitioner he falls in love with. That story was pretty tame by today's standards – the hero and heroine didn't even kiss until the last page – but it opened up a whole new world to one romantic little girl who loved to write.
Over the years, I’ve penned really bad poetry, even worse song lyrics, adolescent short stories and overly descriptive class papers. Then one day a scene for a medieval romance emerged fully detailed in my head and I rushed to get it down on paper... it eventually turned into eight chapters and a synopsis, but I kept getting bogged down in historical research and set the story aside. Deep in a sea of self-doubt, I set writing aside as well.
I met my husband in Russian 101 at the beginning of the university semester. Our first date was November 17, 1989, and we eloped one year and thirteen days later. I credit my husband with encouraging me to write again and for suggesting that a contemporary time frame might help me to focus more on the story than the setting.
One of my contemporary romance manuscripts won the Harlequin Books 2000 Summer Blaze contest for bold, brash love scenes, placing second in the published category. On July 10, 2002, after four years and nine rewrites, Red Shoes & a Diary finally sold to the Harlequin Blaze line! I figure it was fate.
I live in Maryland with my wonderful husband and our beautiful little boy. In addition to being a fiction author, I’m also a creativity coach and a paralegal hoping to quit the law firm to write full-time.