I'm originally from Connecticut; I spent eight years serving in the U.S. Navy as a Data Processing Technician. I have traveled to France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Cuba and The Bahamas. After serving my time in the military, I lived in Las Vegas, NV where I spent twenty-six years and met my wonderful husband Bear, who is also a published author. We currently live in Longview, WA. And I'm attending Software Developer School-I still need that day job!
I have always had a vivid imagination and constantly lived in my head. Thinking of all kinds of stories or imagining myself in various movies or television shows. I read my first romance novel while in high school. My mother had some Harlequin Romances- it only took a day each to devour them, one by one.
I read my first historical romance while serving in the Navy. One of my shipmates was reading a historical romance, and when she finished it, she let me read it. I bought my first historical romance, one written by Jennifer Blake-Perfume of Paradise-and fell in love with that genre. Then I read my first erotic romance written by Angela Knight-Master of Wolves-and I was a goner from then on.
One day I decided that maybe I could write stories like those authors have. I contacted my favorite author Kate Douglas, who wrote "Wolf Tales" and asked her if she would help me by becoming my mentor. She graciously said yes, and said to me, "I just want to let you know that I am the Queen of run-on sentences." She has been amazing and has pointed me toward the right person to publish my first novel.
Speaking of my first novel... I started writing my first book in 2009. It slogged along terribly. It took me almost nine years to get to 20k words. We moved to Washington State in June 2015, and during the 4th of July 2016 weekend, I was able to pump out 15k more words to finish my first novella at 35k.
I was not expecting anything from the publisher until Monday morning, maybe. But Margaret Riley, owner/publisher of Changeling Press, responded the next day, on a Sunday. She did not reject my story but gave me some awesome advice. She liked the concept of my story, but my mechanics for sentence structure needed a lot of work. I would have to say that was true, because my last English class was in high school 78/79-the time that I like to call The Jurassic Period. This is not typical of all authors. Some authors take a lifetime to write one book,.. while others can turn out three to five books a year.
I didn't give up on my dream-I'm now starting a new career as a published romance author.
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