• 02 Nov 2021
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Thanks for stopping by my web page. I’ll try to keep this biography short, though that may prove challenging considering how long I’ve been around.

I grew up in a small town outside Cincinnati, and from a young age I was determined to leave for the “big city” – it didn’t even matter which one. Before college I went to Japan as a foreign exchange student (cities don’t get much bigger than Tokyo) and then began college outside Chicago. I spent five years in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, receiving my bachelors and masters degrees in newspaper journalism. My first reporting jobs were in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis, where I covered everything from mass murderers to school board meetings, though not always in within the same news story.

I got married in 1989. Within a few years we moved to a small town in Maryland where my new husband began his career as a physician. After a brief stint as an aide to a U.S. Senator, I left the “workforce” to become CEO of a home and family. Those years at home with my two children were beautiful and I wouldn’t exchange them for anything, though I admit I occasionally felt like I was going bat-shit crazy. To keep my brain and creativity alive, I did some freelance writing, began a faux painting business, and then took a half-time job in non-profit fundraising. When my youngest started kindergarten, I decided to try my hand at fiction writing. My goal was to make a living selling my novels, so I began a process of elimination to decide exactly what kind of popular fiction I wanted write. When I discovered that romance would allow me to tell a variety of stories in a variety of settings – as long as the story revolved around a committed love relationship headed toward a happy ending – that’s the genre I chose. Since my first book was published in 2002, I’ve written seventeen novels and six novellas.

As we all know, life is not as neatly plotted as a romance novel, and I have had to push through some extremely difficult times. My marriage ended in 2005. In 2011 I was struck down by a sudden and unexplained illness that should have killed me. I won’t dwell on it here, but if you’re interested in reading more, please check out my blog at Blogger.com – UNBALANCED: Diary of a One-Legged Romance Writer. I survived, and I’m still writing.

These days my life is calm and peaceful. I have moved to a small town (what’s with the small towns?!)in New Mexico, where I am surrounded by sunshine and mountains and wildlife. It is a perfect setting for letting my imagination run wild, and who knows where my writing will be headed next? I believe the possibilities are limitless. My kids are grown and are out there pursuing their own dreams. I am very proud of both of them, and if there’s anything I’ve taught them I hope it’s this: you can do anything you set your mind to.

Blessings and Happiness,