I blame it all on my sister. When she finished reading a paperback copy of Victoria Holt's The Secret
Woman, she handed it off to me. After I devoured the book and every other book Ms. Holt had written
up until that time, I was hooked on romance. But I not only wanted to read romance...I wanted to write it.
I also figured writing was a good way to find a home for those stories and characters that were always
intruding on my thoughts. You mean, that's not normal?
I took a detour through the hallowed halls of UCLA, earning my B.A. and my M.A. in English literature.
After attending a summer school program at Oxford University in England, I started writing my first book
-- a gothic romance set in Oxford during the late 19th Century. When I finished the book 20 years later
(I'm a slow typist), I discovered there was no longer a market for the old-fashioned gothic romance.
(Don't care what anyone says, when Connan TreMellyn blocks the door to his library and asks his dear
Miss Leigh, "Do I look the sort of man who would wait until the morning?" THAT'S hot!)
So I moved on to plan B -- contemporary romantic suspense, soon followed by erotic romance, and
contemporary romantic comedy. I've been writing like a fiend ever since.
By the way, I still love Victoria Holt and have collected most of her books in first edition hard copy. I also
adore Georgette Heyer and would never attempt a Regency for fear of treading on hallowed ground
(that's the second time I've used the word hallowed here, and I swear, I never use that word.) For
current thrills, chills, and romance I enjoy Debra Webb, Jayne Ann Krentz, Eloisa James, and Susan
I share my life in Southern California with my husband, whoâ€™s a cop and my go-to guy for research, our
two boys, and our 200-pound English Mastiff. When Iâ€™m not working my day job as a technical writer, Iâ€™m
at the Little League baseball field, or the soccer field, or Iâ€™m running with my iPod, or I'm reading. And in
the midst of it all, I'm writing because I have to -- still have those stories and characters milling around in
my head -- and for me that's normal.