I've been writing romances for over ten years, and even
from that first book I attempted to write (which is now
stuffed in a box in the garage rafters) I knew I wanted to
write category romance, because those were the kind of
books I loved to read. It took me five years to make that
first sale, which was to Harlequin for their "Stolen
Moments" line. THE FAMILY MAN, written under the pseudonym
Danielle Kelly, was one of the twelve novellas Harlequin
published in 1993 for this promotional line.
It took another two and a half years to sell my second
book, which, unfortunately, wasn't slotted as a category
romance, though I have the rejection letters to prove that
I tried to sell it to Harlequin first! HEAVEN'S GIFT
(written under my own name) was published in October 1995
by Leisure Love Spell for their "An Angel's Touch" series.
The book went on to become a 1995 HOLT finalist.
Another two years passed (sigh) of collecting rejections
before I found two wonderfully supportive editors, and
everything finally fell into place in 1997 when I sold two
books to Harlequin Temptation for their Blaze series, and
another two books to Harlequin Romance (Mills & Boon).
Writing for both Temptation and Harlequin Romance supplies
a wonderful creative outlet for both my modern, ultra-sexy
stories, and my warmer, traditional romances.
I live in Southern California with my engineer husband,
whose incredible support and encouragement has enabled me
to follow my dream of writing. He's the best, and never
complains when dinner isn't on time (or doesn't happen!)
because I've spent the day holed up in my office, lost in
that faraway world I've created for my characters. The
laundry tends to pile up, too, so I've made sure to buy him
two weeks of socks and underwear to tide him over! As for
the house - - well, the eight and ten-year old gremlins I
have running loose are like those cyclones that wipe out
everything in their path. The fiesty indoor cat we have
tends to add to the destruction. I've learned to live with
the chaos. So have they. And luckily, so has my husband.
And those two energetic daughters of mine, Danielle and
Kellie, certainly keep life interesting and give me plenty
of ideas for the young, mischievous characters I include in
some of the books I write.
A few years ago, I left my day job as a construction
secretary to write full-time. Now, I find myself elbow deep
in deadlines, proposals (growling at the husband to fix a
glitch in the computer so I can get back to work!)
contracts, line-edits, (stressing out over a scene that
won't work or characters that just won't talk or cooperate
with my plans for them!) galleys, art-fact sheets, and
other publishing paperwork. Admittedly, I wouldn't trade
all the craziness in for pantyhose, rush hour traffic, and
a nine-to-five job again. Writing is hard work, but I find
the rewards are well worth the effort. Fan letters are one
of those priceless rewards, and can keep me on a high for
days! I've met the most wonderful people through my books,
some of which I'd now consider friends.