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I was born in Montana and grew up in Idaho. As my father was a forester, I lived mostly in small lumber towns – some nestled so deep in the mountains that sunlight never touched the valley floor from October to April. I attended the University of Idaho and earned a degree in Interior Design, which led me to Seattle where I designed restaurants before starting my own interior design business.
I met the man of my dreams in Seattle. I married Kirk, promising to love, honour and edit his rough drafts and it was his pursuit of writing that led me to the craft. The first version of Man of the Year took three months to finish, but my business got in the way of polishing the manuscript and I stuffed it in a drawer where it languished for several years.
In pursuit of time to write and freedom to explore the world, Kirk and I sailed from Seattle on a thirty-seven-foot boat and spent five years cruising in Central America and the Caribbean. I wrote romance, but it took a backseat to an adventurous life. I was busy writing travel essays, learning to speak Spanish from taxi drivers and handling a small boat in gale-force winds on the ocean.
When I returned to land-life, I started a marine canvas business. My summers were filled with patterning, cutting and sewing covers and biminis for boats. One winter, I finally revised Man of the Year and sent it to an agent. Within a year, I had a contract from Harlequin American Romance. That same month, I sold my canvas business in order to pursue my dream of writing full time. Me and my husband are cruising on a sailboat again – this one forty feet long – somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. When I'm not setting sail for another port, I am working on my next Harlequin romance.