October ushers in great books with holiday themes!
Born in Houston, TX while my parents worked at NASA to help put a man on the moon, and raised on a heady combination of space food and the fairy tales I insisted my mother read to me, is it any wonder I grew up to write stories about other worlds? (To be honest, I think the clinchers were the release of George Lucasâ€™s original Star Wars and my discovery of both Anne McCaffreyâ€™s Dragonriders of Pern and J.R.R. Tolkienâ€™s Lord of the Rings.)
Being more inclined towards artistic rather than engineering or hard-science endeavors, my stories naturally migrated into the realm of fantasy where imagination is king and anything is possible. Combine that with a love for historical romances, and a cradle-born fascination with myths, legends, and lore, andâ€”voila!â€”you have a fantasy romance / romantic fantasy novelist.
I am not what you might call an overnight success. I have been writing and honing my craft for yearsâ€”and will continue to do so for many, many years to come. For all the gory details about my road to publication, click here.
I currently reside with my husband, our three wonderful children, and our little black cat, Oreo, in a gulf-coast Florida town about an hour south of Tampa. We live on a secluded eight acres filled with moss-covered hundred-year-old live oaks, where we enjoy local wildlife including a small herd of deer, alligators, wild pigs, a nesting pair of peregrine falcons, bald eagles, foxes and even the occasional Florida panther.
I have a delightful, close-knit family, including my much-loved and very supportive parents, two sisters, a brother, assorted nieces, aunts, uncles, and in-laws, and one very charming red-headed grandmother who has always been the fashion plate of the family.