I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because if I don’t, there’ll be eight pages here on things like why I hated kindergarten and the time my eighth grade science teacher caught me passing out porn at school. And really, who needs to know about that?
I’ve always loved to read, and started reading romance novels in junior high. I would save up my allowance to buy them (and on one memorable, never to be repeated occasion, got caught stealing one). My mother was displeased with this; aside from the petty theft, she felt they were a bit beyond my maturity level, and she was probably right. She asked me (and I give her credit for asking instead of demanding) to stop reading them so much. When I asked her what she’d like me to read instead, she said, “Oh, something like those Judy Blume books would be fine”. So I brought home Forever and Wifey, at which point she threw up her hands and said “Read whatever you want.”
I’d always been interested in creative writing, and once I’d had the romance bug I decided that’s what I really wanted to write. I remember spending hours on complicated plot lines and character sketches, writing them out in my school notebooks. I went into great detail about the color of my heroine’s hair and exactly how muscled the hero’s chest was, but I didn’t do much actual story writing in those days. I ended up toying with it for several more years before getting serious, and my first book was published in 2003.
I live in the Pacific Northwest with a roommate, my best friend and fellow romance author Christine Warren, Since Christine writes paranormal romances and I pretty much stick with contemporaries, we have virtually no conflicts about writing material. We do occasionally have conflicts about housekeeping issues, but that’s neither here nor there.
Let’s see, what else? Oh, yeah, I'm getting married! My boyfriend of three years (hi, sweetie!) popped the question last March, and we're doing the deed in May of 2012. We're very excited, even though wedding planning is just as stressful and exhausting as you'd imagine. But it's worth it. :-)
And that, in short, is my life. There’s a lot more I could’ve told you, but that’d take up a lot more room on this page. And besides, a girl should maintain some mystery, don’t you think?