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I began my professional writing career with the release of my first novel, Deep in the Bayou, in 1994, but I’ll be the first to tell you that the wheels were set in motion years before that. I started reading at four years of age, the same age that I began making weekly trips to the library to check out as many books as they'd let me have, only to finish reading them all before bedtime. That love of books never waned.
I was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was the middle child of a large family. I moved to New Orleans in 1984 when I married my husband and it opened up a whole new realm of activities to me. I found the mix of cultures, music, history, food and sultry Southern classics, along with my love of reading, a natural impetus for beginning my writing career. I attended my first writing class, joined my first professional writing organisation and there was no looking back. I have now published over thirty five novels, and I love writing just as much as I ever have.
I currently reside in a small community forty miles north of Houston, with my husband. Though I still have family and emotional ties to Louisiana, I love living in the Lone Star state.
West Side Story, The Way We Were would come in a close second.