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One of the questions I'm most often asked, is when I became a writer. In truth, I was born a writer – but I like to think I made my professional writing debut at the age of ten, when I was one of the honorees a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine.
Since then, I’ve written more than forty best-selling and award-winning contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. Among the honours that grace the walls and shelves in my office are two RITA awards – the 'Oscar' of romantic fiction – from Romance Writers of America, a National Readers’ Choice award, a HOLT medallion, a Daphne du Maurier award, a Retailers Choice award, and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine.
In terms of my life before I became a fully fledged writer, I hold a BA in Psychology and an MA in Journalism. For many years, I juggled two careers until I finally gave up my executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time. I’m happy to say I have no regrets! Leaving behind the rush-hour commute, corporate politics and a relentless BlackBerry that never slept was no sacrifice!
In my spare time, I love to perform in community theatre productions. I’ve been very fortunate to play the leading role in a many classic musical, including The King and I, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Oklahoma and Anything Goes. My husband and I also enjoy travelling, Saturday mornings at our favourite coffee shop and spending time with family.