The Short Version:
Anything-but-Ordinary is a creed I try to reflect in my writing. Though all of my books have a paranormal twist, the main focus remains love, loyalty and the struggle for redemption. My writing has won numerous awards and frequently appears on best-seller lists.
I live in Colorado with my high school sweetheart turned husband of many years. With a pampered cat curled on the corner of my desk, I dream of faraway worlds and larger than life adventures—and wouldn’t have it any other way!
The Long Version:
When my parents realized I had an aptitude for storytelling—okay, even at an early age I was a consummate liar—they encouraged me to find constructive ways to put all that “creativity” to use. I wrote my first novel when I was in junior high school. It was a typical teenage girl’s fantasy about being kidnapped by a rock star, finding out he was really a misunderstood millionaire’s son, and living happily ever after with the reformed rebel.
For my birthday one year, Scott, my amazing husband, got me a membership in Romance Writers of America. I read, I studied, and suddenly I wondered if I was as entertaining as my friends seemed to think. So, I entered contests.
I’m now a bonafide contest junkie. For several years I used contests as my critique partner. I learned from the judges’ comments, after I’d finished crying and calling them terrible names, of course, and I entered more contests. Then, something amazing happened. I began to see my name among the finalists. Around 2000, I even started winning.
Around 2000, I also joined Colorado Romance Writers and discovered the joy of interacting with others who share my passion for the creative process. I learned about email loops and “social networking”. Michele Chambers and I became critique partners.
On April 21st, 2004, I received “the call” every aspiring writer longs to hear. The innovative, rapidly-growing e-publisher Loose Id offered to publish my books. Contracts with New Concepts Publishing and Ellora’s Cave soon followed, and I was on my way.
In the winter of 2011, I decided to try something new, self-publishing. I re-released one of my older series on Amazon just to see if they’d find an audience. Much to my delight, the books sold and sold well. I gradually transitioned all of my work to self-publication and now enjoy the creative freedom of answering only to myself and my readers.
So I spend my days, and many of my nights, trying to keep up with the characters springing to life within my mind. I find creative ways of avoiding errands and housework, because I can’t drag myself away from my computer. And every day I thank God I was able to quit my day job and actively pursue my dream!