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I live in the Pacific Northwest, a place where, on any given day, you’d best start your day with both sunglasses and an umbrella in your bag – and where there are flowers in bloom every day of the year. My partner and I are lucky enough to have a condo in the heart of downtown Vancouver, BC, and a country home (a true fixer-upper) outside Victoria with a lovely ocean view, so I get the best of both worlds. (Though, unfortunately, both come with lots of rain…)
I’ve had a variety of careers, including perennial student, grad school dropout (twice), project manager, computer consultant, and legal editor. I’ve studied psychology, sociology, anthropology, counselling, and law. Get the impression it took a while for me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life? Yup, true enough.
But I did find my bliss (yes, writing) and that makes me feel very lucky. I’ve been writing fiction for more than fifteen years now.
My first sales were short stories, and I still have a special fondness for them. Before I sold my first book, I had stories published in Canadian literary journals, the American Woman’s World, England’s Woman’s Weekly, Scotland’s The People’s Friend and Australia’s Woman’s Day. Now I write heartwarming love stories for Harlequin Cherish, and spicy short stories with Spice Briefs as Susan Lyons.
I feel blessed to be doing what I’m doing. I’m thrilled that the characters I bring to life are sharing their stories with the world. I’m also totally thrilled each time a reader takes the time to contact me and tell me she’s enjoyed one of my stories.
Be warned, my books are sexy! More than one woman has told me she’s had to put down my book and grab her sweetie - and that he’s grateful for it! But there’s a lot more to my stories. They’re about dealing with tough issues, re-examining values, doing the hard work of confronting issues and growing as a person, the joy of supportive friendship and, most of all, the power of love.
The Quiet Man and Meet Joe Black. Books I love: Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer, Heart of Fire by Linda Howard, The Caulder Series by Janet Daily and Last Summer by Theresa Weir