I always wanted to be a writer. I grew up in an industrial
town in southeastern Massachusetts populated with
wonderful and interesting people. They fill my head now as
I create characters for romance novels. We moved to Los
Angeles when I was ten.
I went right to work after high school, first for Pacific
Telephone then, as the need to write became stronger, I
joined the secretarial pool at the Los Angeles Times while
taking a correspondence course in fiction writing.
I met Ron at the Xerox machine. (There were two in a nine
story building. That tells you how long ago that was.)
We married in 1968. In the first few years of our
marriage, he edited several small newspapers that were
always understaffed. I sometimes helped out as a reporter
and soon learned that journalism was not for
meeditors get really upset when you make up stuff. I
decided to stick with fiction.
We adopted three children in 1973 after moving to Oregon.
Suddenly I had many new priorities, but I couldn't shake
the need to write down the scenarios in my head. I worked
on them at night while the children watched television.
In early 1983, word was out that Harlequin was opening a
New York office and looking for manuscripts about American
women written by American authors. I was managing a
bookstore at the time and had written an entire novel
between customers during a long and rainy winter. I buffed
it up and sent it in.
And here we are.
We have three adult children, a growing army of
grandchildren, four cats and a Lab/Retriever mix named
We live in an old Victorian home on a hill overlooking the
Columbia River. When we first moved here I thought I might
one day grow used to the beauty of my surroundings and not
notice them anymore. But I haven't. This has to be one of
the most beautiful spots in our country.
I've sold 70 books and novellas, and have has such a great
time it's almost embarrassing.
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Books:Night Prince, September 2008
His Wedding, September 2005
His Family, May 2005
Date with a Devil, January 2004
Shadows / Daddy in Demand, June 2001
My Valentine 1994, January 1994