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I never intended to either write books or be in public relations; both sort of these things happened as an extension of my love of writing. My experience in the publishing industry is varied. I started out writing on the school newspaper in junior high, more as a way to prove to my then boyfriend that anything he could do, I could to do better! But from the moment I saw my first article in print, I was hooked. I wrote for the paper all through high school and into college. Then I worked at a daily newspaper where I became the 'messenger of death' from the day editor to the night editor... and I was too afraid that the cliché about killing the messenger might turn into a reality, so I quit, got married to my high school sweetheart at nineteen and started college, focusing on mass communication.
I began dabbling with a story in my head, but even after paying for a Writers Digest course, didn’t manage to finish it and stuck it away. I started work in public relations for a big corporation and then for the largest agency in Arizona. Meanwhile, the writing bug wouldn’t shut up, so I joined Romance Writers of America in 1993, took out the story that wouldn’t leave me alone, and decided to finally finish it. Along the way I gave birth to my daughter, so I quit working at the agency and started magazine freelancing to help make ends meet. Since then, I’ve continued to write stories.
So how exactly did I go from being a writer to a publicist and back again? I was writing on my books and doing PR on the side for restaurants, small businesses, hotels and the like. A dear friend, (fellow romance writer Cherry Adair, whose books I love) asked me to do some publicity work on her upcoming book and I agreed – but told her 'I don’t publicise books'. From that small incident, a new business was created. It morphed into Blue Moon Communications, a public relations firm focused on promoting fiction authors, which is best know for getting their clients selected as two of the seven picks of the Kelly Ripa Book Club on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. Now I work two jobs – publicity and writing the books. (Well, three jobs if you count being a mom!)