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I blame it all on my sister. When she finished reading a paperback copy of Victoria Holt's The Secret Woman, she handed it off to me. After I devoured the book and every other book Ms. Holt had written up until that time, I was hooked on romance. But I didn't just want to read romance... I wanted to write it. I also figured writing was a good way to find a home for those stories and characters that were always intruding on my thoughts. What do you mean, that's not normal?
I took a detour through the hallowed halls of UCLA, earning my BA and my MA in English Literature. After attending a summer school program at Oxford University in England, I started writing my first book – a gothic romance set in Oxford during the late 19th Century. When I finished the book twenty years later (I'm a slow typist), I discovered there was no longer a market for the old-fashioned gothic romance. (I don't care what anyone says, when Connan TreMellyn blocks the door to his library and asks his dear Miss Leigh, "Do I look the sort of man who would wait until the morning?" THAT'S hot!)
I started reading some contemporary romantic suspense and when I discovered Harlequin Intrigues, I knew I'd found a home for those stories of romance and fast-paced thrills and chills that were always running through my mind.
I share my life in Southern California with my husband, who’s a cop and my go-to guy for research, our two boys, and our 200-pound English Mastiff. When I’m not working my day job as a technical writer, I’m at the Little League baseball field, or the soccer field, or I’m running with my iPod, or I'm reading. And in the midst of it all, I'm writing. Because I have to – I still have those stories and characters milling around in my head – and for me that's normal.