In 1983, I began writing after our son and daughter went
away to college. Unlike many writers, I never wrote as a
hobby or dreamed of being a writer when I was a kid--I
guess I was too busy goofing around, but I did love to
read. I read everything from Nancy Drew to Frank Yerby as
well as a passed-around copy of Peyton Place. This last one
was sexy stuff when I was a kid.
I started writing more for fun than seriously, but some
encouragement from a published friend soon had me working
on a novel. By the way, it was dreadful and thankfully met
its demise in my paper shredder a few years ago. Being a
serious writer is not for the faint of heart, nor is it the
road to a quick buck, but then nothing of real value comes
without a few struggles. I did begin to sell to some very
small markets, and later I sold to the confession market as
well as a lot of non-fiction. While these steps to success
were encouraging, I really wanted to sell novels. In fact,
I wrote a number of completed manuscripts that were
rejected before I finally sold one in 1989.
Island, a Silhouette Intimate
Moments, won RWA's prestigious RITA as the Best First Book.
I've been a RITA finalist three times.
With more than nineteen published novels and over four
million copies in print, I've learned that my strengths are
intensely dramatic story lines and strong compelling
characters. I've written for Silhouette, Harlequin, St.
Martins, Avon and Berkley. Currently, I'm writing for
Berkley. Coming soon from Berkley is THE BOY ON THE
When I'm not writing, I like to snoop around in antique
stores. I love old things from linens to glassware and
English china and finding a new antique shop to explore is
my idea of a good day. I also buy and sell on Ebay--an
I live in New England, the most gorgeous place on the
planet, where I usually set my books. My son and daughter
are both married now and they and their spouses have
blessed me with 3 brilliant granddaughters. Spoiling them
is as much fun as writing books
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Books:All I Want for Christmas, November 2000
Silent Night, October 1998