A multi-published author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first
short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she
uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first
completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite
rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s
possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.
Monica is a survivor, and it’s a topic she has become well versed in. A survivor
of date rape at the age of 19, writing erotic romance has aided her in the lifelong
process of healing. She first shared her story on her agent’s blog in
September 2007, and her story is documented in the article Romance and
Healing found on her website.
Monica has suffered from bipolar disorder since childhood, but was not
diagnosed until much later in life. The condition according to the National
Institute of Mental Health affects 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6% of
the population (18 years and older). Her most recent tale of survival is her
diagnosis of the genetic disorder Long QT syndrome and subsequent heart
Her determination to overcome these challenging life experiences is a reflection
of her belief that there truly are happy ever afters. Writing romance is a
therapeutic process as it allows Monica to explore the themes of hope, trust and
love in her work. She believes romance books empower women to believe in
themselves and that their only limitations are the ones they set for themselves.
Monica made her first sale in 2004. She is a member of Romance Writers of
America (RWA) and was a 2005 RWA Golden Heart Finalist, as well as
winner of the 2009 EPPIE for Best erotic historical romance. She has
consistently earned top reviews from RT BOOKreviews and other reviewers.
Monica holds a bachelors of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth
University’s School of Mass Communications.