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I’ve been prone to daydreaming since I was a child. I wrote my first novel at the age of eight, and throughout my teens I penned passionately romantic epics in the style of my favourite writers.
I began my writing career while working full-time as a secretary for the California Parks Department. As a divorced mother of four, I was struggling to raise my children on a meagre secretary's salary, so during lunch hours and late at night after the children had fallen asleep, I put pen to paper and set to work capturing the steamy romantic fantasy that played itself out so vividly in my imagination.
I’m a stickler for detail, though - and I rewrote that first manuscript 23 times, toiling over the historical accuracies - until the day my teenage daughter found it hiding in a drawer, and encouraged me to send the novel off to a publishing house.
The hours of revision paid off when the unsolicited, un-agented manuscript was accepted immediately for publication. I am thrilled to say that the novel, Sweet Savage Love, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists, and became one of the most popular historical romances of all time.
More than 16 novels later, I still love to write just as much as I ever have.