I credit my husband Joe and my love of travel with starting my career as a romance novelist; it was his comments on a letter describing a trip to New Orleans that made me realize I might actually have the talent necessary to write something more than office memos and computer manuals.
My first book was published by Harlequin Temptation in October, 1984.
When it made #7 on Waldenbooks' Romance Bestseller List at about the same time my second novel was being contracted for, I decided to chuck the 9-to-5 business world in favor of a full-time writing career.
It turned out to be the best decision I'd made since marrying Joe. Most of the time, I get to work at home with the cats sleeping in the sun on the window ledge and the dog curled up in her bed by my desk. What could be better?
On a more personal note, I was born in Santa Cruz, California, but spent most of my growing-up years on a farm in Hayward, a little town across the Bay from San Francisco. Since meeting and marrying Joe, however, I have lived in almost every corner of the country, from a schooner anchored in Hawaii's Ala Wai Harbor, to a loft in New York's Greenwich Village, to the foot of Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, to deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas, to the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington D.C., to the home of Thoroughbreds and blue grass in Louisville, Kentucky, to southern New Jersey, to the heart of California's wine country in the beautiful Sonoma valley to, currently, the frequently frozen tundra of Minnesota where we reside with two outrageously spoiled cats and an 80-pound Doberman who thinks she's a lap dog.
I have also been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively, visiting many foreign locales including Canada, Panama, Singapore, Malaysia, the British Isles, France, Italy and Austria.
In between packing and unpacking, I've written twenty-six contemporary romance novels, numerous articles, user's guides of various types, and lots of marketing material. Most recently, I wrote a cookbook based on my father's fifty-plus years of experience in the restaurant business.
When I'm not writing, traveling or cooking, I enjoy reading, hosting dinner parties and going to plays, concerts and movies. I also like to attend educational classes and seminars, the more off-beat, the better, because you never know when some interesting bit of information will come in handy for a new book. Among my more interesting classes have been courses in How To Be A Private Detective, Limousine Driver Training, Handgun Use and Safety, Belly Dancing, Modern Witchcraft, Chinese cooking and Past Life Regression; all subjects which have— or will—come up in one of my books. For me, research (along with not having to wear panty hose!) is one of the special perks of a writing career.
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