In addition to writing, I’m a wife to a Darn Near Perfect Husband and mom to Two Great Kids. They used to be the Monkey children, but they seem to have settled down a bit. (That’s going to come back and bite me on the butt as soon as you read this!)
I have a BA in French (utterly useless, but fun at parties) and another BA in Communication. While I was getting the Communication degree, I wrote for my alumni magazine, dipped my feet into advertising, took want ads at the local paper and even wrote obituaries. I was also a reporter at a small-town daily, but soon realized I didn’t have a true journalist’s instinct.
After that, I was busy being married and having children, but when my youngest was about a year and half old, I was standing in the shower when a scene popped into my head. Why does that always happen when you’re in the shower and you can’t get a pen and paper? Anyway, I got the soap out of my eyes, dried off and headed straight for the computer where I wrote it all down.
And boy, did it stink. Whew!
I’d been reading romance novels for years so I figured I should be able to write one, right?
Are you done laughing? Let me know when you’re finished.
Ok, then. It took about twenty false starts and a work I now call The-Regency-That-Wouldn’t-Die before I finally got disgusted with myself and started writing this funny little scene in a Louisiana cemetery. That little scene became Not Quite Dead and it’s the first manuscript I ever finished. After much angst and rewriting on my part, I eventually sold it to Samhain Publishing, who released it in August 2006.
Since then, I’ve placed several other stories, but that first one will always be special to me.
I’m a member of Romance Writers Of America and can usually be found at the bar during national conferences.
I’ve lived in five different countries and eight different states, but I’ve moved 33 times.
The longest period I ever spent at one address was my four years in college. Actually, I have to take that back now. We lived in St Louis for just over four years before moving to the Illinois side of the river.
I’m a former member of the Romance Novelist’s Association – the UK equivalent of RWA. The national conferences were wonderfully intimate, especially compared to the thousands of people who attend the RWA conference!
I’m a huge Boxer fan. We had Yukon for seven years before she died of cancer. Oliver is now eight years old and still acts like a puppy.
Foods – Risotto with Hoppin’ John, Pot Roast, Roast Chicken, Creole Shrimp Casserole, Lamb Tagine, Beef Stew with Dumplings, Pasta Carbonara.
I, um, like to eat. And I like to cook.
Clothes – T-shirt and jeans or evening gowns. There’s not much middle ground with me.
Movies – The Fifth Element, Star Wars 4-6, El Dorado, The Princess Bride, Love Actually
Books – To Kill A Mockingbird will always, always top my list of favorite books along with Jane Eyre and Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley. The rest of my keeper shelf is too long to list.