A Little Something About Me
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 appeared on several best seller lists. (Amazon, Fictionwise and All Romance Ebooks)
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 of many years, 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 November 2011, I decided to try something new, self-publishing. Hoping to find new readers without losing the ones already following my work, I released Beyond Ontariese through Kindle Direct. I was thrilled with the response, so Rebel Angels soon followed. Now I self-publish all of my books and they are available (and selling!) all over the world. What an exciting age in which to be a writer.
Now 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!