In the all about me department, I'm a native Midwesterner, having lived my whole life in Iowa. My husband and I are still trying to adjust to becoming empty nesters. Much of the time we rattle around our big century-old Victorian with a spoiled Polish Lowland Sheepdog named Lexie. Weâ€™re on the go a lot, traveling to see our kids and grandsons, tailgating at Iowa games, and enjoying new tropical getaways. If you know anything about Iowa winters, youâ€™ll understand our desire for sun and beach once January hits.
In 1990 I began writing out of sheer desperation. Always an avid reader, Iâ€™d found that my favorite authors just couldnâ€™t write fast enough to keep me in reading material. Someday if you twist my arm and buy me very strong margaritas, I might be convinced to share my whole embarrassing road to publication story. The short version is that my second manuscript sold in 1992, and then a few months later my first manuscript was bought, too, after it had undergone several major surgeries. To date Iâ€™ve written twenty-five books for Silhouette Intimate Moments (Romantic Suspense), three dark romantic thrillers for Berkley, a short story for eharlequin.com and participated in an Iowa authors murder mystery.
I live a dual life. Believe me, that sounds much more glamorous than it is. By day Iâ€™m an elementary special education teacher, working with students who have learning and behavior problems. During the weekends and summersâ€¦well, I can be forgiven for needing a little relaxation, right? And if my idea of relaxation includes dreaming up new ways to kill and maim my characters, it seems a harmless enough hobby. Some people golf. Now thereâ€™s a dangerous pastime. All those swinging clubs and small speeding objects. Someone could lose an eye.
When Iâ€™m not at the computer (always writing, never playing solitaire), I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, exercising, reading, flower gardening, and traveling.