You want to hear about ME? Well, okay, but I hope your Coke is loaded
reading romance by chance. When I was fifteen, I spent a week with
my grandma in Kansas City. The day before I was to leave, we spotted
a forgotten Harlequin Romance on the seat of a cross-town bus. Since
I had a long ride home ahead of me the next day, Grandma handed
me the book to while away my time. I couldn't believe my luck and
stashed it away, not to be seen again until I'd safely left the
my love of reading romance. I devoured them--historical, contemporary,
category or single title. Soon I yearned to be able to move a reader
to laughter and tears and to sigh over the overwhelming passion
conveyed with mere words on a page. But I didn't think I could,
even with a degree in English. For one thing, I had to earn a living,
and [insert laughter] trust me, one doesn't get into fiction writing,
and especially not romance writing, for the money. It's a lonely
task, and it's hard work, but believing my book might touch the
emotions of a reader is...well, SO COOL. That's the payoff.
If you've been bitten by the writing bug, you have to write.
Romance Writers of America and found MORWA,
the wonderful local chapter in St. Louis. I soaked in the knowledge
these generous writers shared. I attended conferences with workshops
to improve my craft. I learned about the business side of the industry.
When I got THE CALL (one of the top five most incredible days of
my life), I was ready.
HA! All the
writers and other people who've been on this journey with me are
laughing their behinds off. Because as much as I'd learned, there's
ten times that I still don't know. And trying to deal with emerging
technology (website? blog? online presence? Oh, my!) is mind-boggling.
Can't I just write the books and trust readers will go look for
me? Nope, not anymore.
I have a very supportive husband and two kids who don't remember
a time when Mom didn't write. We live in the Midwest, where the
weather has an imagination of its own.
I also offer
editing and proofreading services. Email
me for more information.