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My mother was always fond of telling people that I had my nose stuck in a book from the moment that I learned to read. I also had an active imagination growing up, and was constantly daydreaming about people who led lives far different from my own. Despite the fact that those daydreams would often find themselves expressed in English papers that garnered much praise from teachers from grade school through college, the last thing I ever thought I would become was a writer.
I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. While working as an auditor, a job (with apologies to all auditors out there) I truly hated, I began writing during my lunch hour as a means of salvaging my sanity. When I ‘retired’ to become a stay-at-home mom, writing became a refuge during those rare moments when my children would nap or play contentedly at my feet.
In 1997, my manuscript, Brady's Baby, was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. I was delighted when the Silhouette Intimate Moments line purchased that manuscript and released it as Major Dad in 1998.
I am married to my college sweetheart, a wonderful man who claims (quite truthfully) to be the inspiration for all of my fictional heroes. We live together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with our two teenagers and an overly energetic golden retriever. While I still spend many an hour daydreaming about people who lead lives far different from my own, I try to spend an equal amount of time in the ‘real’ world with my family.