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I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, where I was born and raised. I share my home with my husband of over thirty years, two cats, KiKi and Buddy, and an adorable Maltese named Blanca. We have two children together – Michael who now works in the music industry and Michelle who’s a copy editor.
I considered myself a hands-on mom. Although I always felt I wanted a career, raising my children was the most important thing in my life – so I put it off to be at home with my kids, always making sure I arranged my work hours around the times they would be home.
Once they were older, I toyed with the idea of going to college. Though I excelled in English, it didn't take long for me to learn that I was somewhat mathematically challenged! It was during this time, though, that I realised I loved writing.
When my children were a little older and exerting their independence, I began to get serious about publishing my stories. I pursued my writing career, with a vision of selling my books to Silhouette.
The best Christmas present I ever received was a call from a Silhouette editor offering to buy my first book one week before Christmas, 1996!
When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family and I love to travel and see new places.
French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline