began writing in my early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty
years before making the professional shift. I remember late nights
spent with my best girlfriend, staying up and reading to her the
zany stories I'd dreamt up. God bless her for endless patience,
and the toleration required to listen to my, admittedly, terrible
creations. If you're out there, Lynnie, thank you.
In my junior year English class, when I was supposed to be watching
Watership Down, I started my first real romance novel. It remains
my favorite work -- probably because I spent a good five to six
years getting to know the characters and I grew alongside them.
Writing isn't my only career, nor my only passion. When I'm not
sitting at the computer and ticking out plotlines, I raise and
train Oldenburg, Thoroughbred, and Arabian horses. You'll see
many of my favorite friends appearing in my contemporary novels.
I've ridden horses since I was young, but purchased my first horse,
on my own, when I was sixteen. I worked my fingers off to keep
that horse through college and as of 2012 he is still a favored
resident in our barns. I'm not me without some reference to horses,
plain and simple.
Above all things, however, I am a mother of two boys. I never
thought I'd be the "boy kind of mom" but they are my
greatest blessings and my joy. I've learned how to look at bugs
in a whole new light, discovered mud isn't so terribly awful,
and that little boys aren't just made of frogs, snails and puppy
dog tails -- they have a great deal of sugar and spice thrown
I owe a great deal to my family. Their patience, encouragement,
and willingness to listen to me drone on and on about my latest
idea has allowed me to pursue my dreams. While my mother has always
pushed me to follow this path, and I resisted for a long time,
she's given countless hours of her time, in a multitude of ways,
to help me achieve my dreams.