I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in a small town where summer days were spent either horseback riding or lazing about at the beach with friends. It was an innocent time, though that didn’t stop me from having a mad crush on the boy next door. I just knew he was the one I would grow up to marry and that we would have a life filled with adventure…and maybe even a couple of convertibles. But first crushes rarely last into adulthood and by the time I was old enough to be more practical, I had other ideas about what I wanted to do with my life. I’d always been interested in medicine, so I set my sights on becoming a cardiovascular surgeon, where I would use my skills and training to repair damaged hearts. Then life happened and I, instead, went to work for an aerospace firm where my days were filled with deciphering technical documents that had been written in long-hand by a group of engineers who were smart as hell, but didn’t know the difference between a dangling participle and a hangnail. Even so, it was a fine job for paying the bills, though it did nothing to extinguish my memories of “the boy.” I credit him with my decision to switch careers one last time. Romance writing became my focus. I wanted to create those adventures I’d dreamed of in my youth and my goal was to write stories that reminded readers about the fun of discovering that special someone who makes your pulse race. In some small way, it was like I’d found a way that I could still repair damaged hearts…one book at a time. Beyond writing, I spend a good amount of time either playing doorman to an unruly Labrador retriever or hiking in the Alpine Wilderness. And even when on the trail, I’m thinking of ideas for stories that I hope will make readers smile.
And for anyone who’s interested…
My toenails are always polished, I hate Yoga and Pilates, I’ve never had the flu, I believe milk does not do the body good, I get deeply irritated whenever I see a dog left in a hot car, I’ve never gone out for Valentine’s Day, I believe the color yellow is best left out of one’s wardrobe, I rarely wear jewelry and when I do it’s something classic like a pearl necklace or diamond stud earrings, I’ve had dreams of dating Kevin Costner, I would like to have dreams of dating Channing Tatum, I’ve won a car in Las Vegas, I believe I’ll win the lotto someday.