I am newly published with Samhain. My debut book Duality is a fantasy romance. I grew up reading Mercedes Lackey & Barbara Hambly. I consider "The Ladies of Mandrigyn" my greatest influence as a writer. I love reading books where stuff HAPPENS besides the romance. Seems only natural I should end up writing it!
I'm the married mother of 2 & live in balmy central WI (paper mill central). I have a calico cat & 2 grey half-Arab mares who currently resemble small woolly mammoths. I'm a HUGE PBR fan, esp. Wiley Peterson. When I'm not writing or reading, I enjoy horseback riding (despite a bad wreck this summer involving a Harley & my Morab - horse was fine, motorcycle didn't stop & I ended up w/collapsed lung/broken ribs) and scrapbooking (a much less hazardous hobby!).
Iím a study in contrasts. Iím a Navy brat and a copís kid. Iím the lone vet tech in a family of nurses. Growing up all my friends were boys and Arabian horses, but Iíd stand a date up to go horseback riding in the mountains. My ideal weekend is caving, the muddier the better, or rappelling, but it takes me twenty minutes to lean back over that cliff Ė every single time. Steve Irwin was my hero, but Iím deathly afraid of snakes and spiders.
When Iím not writing, Iím running between my day job as an insurance customer service phone rep, figure skating lessons, and karate lessons. I drive a minivan. I am not a soccer mom. I HATE to shop, unless itís horse stuff. I own 2 pairs of shoes, 3 skirts and 1 dress. I live in jeans in the summer and sweats in the winter. I have pierced ears but never wear earrings. I love the Dark Ages, Medieval Renaissance fairs, and scrapbooking. My favorite flowers are lilies.
I love reading Mercedes Lackey, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyan, & Angela Knight - in no particular order. For a change of pace you'll catch me reading Suzanne Brockmann or Lori Foster. In non-fiction I love history from Ancient Egypt & Greece through the Dark Ages, also New Age/Magical Arts. Iím a writing book junkie. I could start my own reference librarian/research business.
I will have to die in my current house because all my friends refuse to haul my book collection another foot. Not even one little box.
Iíve always loved writing. In school I was the only kid to have a MAXIMUM word count. My Grandma Jeanne is my inspiration; she was the first writer in our family. My children write, also. Watch for ďThe Adventures of Robin Hood and Flame GirlĒ and ďLambie and Sparkle Go To The WoodsĒ. Theyíre going to be the next big thing!
My kids dream of getting a dog. I dream of not needing a day job. My husband dreams of a wife that puts housework before writing. And the race is on . . .
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