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I spent my childhood wandering the woods behind our house, pretending to be an Indian. Later, when I discovered horses, it prompted my mother (the history teacher) to put anything she could about the High Plains tribes into my hands. This infatuation lasted for over a decade.
At some point, I got away from Indians. My mother blames boys. I discovered Victorian novels and became completely hooked on the era. I got a BA in English from Truman State University and a MA in English from The Ohio State University.
Through it all, I knew I wanted to write novels. I just had no idea how to do it.
How did I get here?
It took a caffeine-fuelled car trip with my 92-year-old grandmother and two-year-old son in July of 2007 to awaken my Muse. That story would become my first book as I figured out how, exactly, one writes a novel.
Let's just say the learning curve was steep.
One character led to another. Before long, my characters were in South Dakota, among the Lakota Sioux tribe. Without planning it, I found myself writing about the people and places that held my imagination throughout my childhood.
In 2010, I sold the award-winning Indian Princess to Stacy Boyd of Harlequin Desire. The book was released A Man of His Word in 2011, and was followed by A Man of Privilege, which won the RT Reviewers Choice Best Desire of 2012. I was honoured to attend the RT Convention in Kansas City to receive my award in person.
I live in Illinois with my husband, son, and rescue mutts. I am a writer and editor at Mark Twain Media, Inc., an educational publishing company. I am a member of Romance Writers of America and the Chicago-North RWA. When I'm not chasing my son around or tweaking my books, I attempt to read, knit, and complete a home improvement project in my historical 1895 Queen Anne house.