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Although he didn’t know it, Little Joe Cartwright was my first boyfriend. Like a million other girls, I wanted to grow up and marry him. When that didn’t happen (though I did find my true soul mate) I chose to write about men like Little Joe. You know, a bit cocky, handsome, rugged, risky at times, and with a heart of gold – the kind of guy a gal knows will be there at three in the morning or three in the afternoon.
My degree in early childhood education led me to spend three decades working in the non-profit field for Head Start, Child Abuse Intervention, the March of Dimes and United Way. During those years, I always found the ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘happily ever after’ premise of romance novels a form of stress relief. When my husband suggested I write one myself, I took the challenge, and have loved every minute of the journey.
These days I live in rural Minnesota, where my husband and I spend every spare moment with our children and grandchildren. After having three boys, I love how our granddaughters have ‘Papa’ twisted around their little fingers. I work part-time for a senior care program, volunteer for several organisations, including the local library, and spend most fall weekends filling the freezer with homemade foodstuffs from the bountiful harvest of my husband's green thumb. I’m a diehard Elvis fan (yes, I’ve been to Graceland), and I love to spend Sundays watching NASCAR, either live or on TV. However, my favourite weekends are spent in the woods of northern Minnesota on the land homesteaded by my great-grandfather.
A good portion of my ‘growing up years’ were spent in western Kansas, which is the setting for several of my stories. I am also a member of RWA and Northern Lights Writers, and I belong to several online writing groups. Besides over two dozen romance novels, novellas and anthologies, I have had work published in magazines and early childhood resource manuals.
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