Who am I? Well, that's a good question. When most people think of romance suspense authors, the image of Kathleen Turner as Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone usually comes to mind. A lonely woman sitting in a bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, conjuring lovers and adventure in her imagination. In other words, one step away from being the neighborhood cat lady.
If that description made you cringe, then you know how we writer's feel. Thankfully, for most of us that image is far from accurate.
I have been married for 25 years, have three beautiful kids, two dogs and a cat. I am a 2nd degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate and as I've said, I love to travel and my romantic and spontaneous husband shares that passion with me, so my stories get plenty of inspiration!
In the meantime I am also a founding member and previous President of The Paranormal Romance Guild, a not-for-profit organization for readers and authors of the genre. Of course, I’m still writing and when I’m not ‘bichok’ (butt in a chair hands on keyboard), I'm off with my hubby and our kids to exciting destinations.
Cat lady? I don't think so.
I've always been a scribbler. From the time I could write my name I've been making up stories, writing characters and dialogue in the corners of notebooks. In fact, I often have conversations in my head with the characters I create. Some people call that part of the creative temperament, others just call it crazy. It's probably a little bit of both. LOL!
I do however, have a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Fine Art, and with 14 books to date I've got some street cred, as my teenagers say. So here I am. Living my dream.
"Giving birth to a book is not unlike giving birth to a child. It's just as painful, but a hell of a lot less messy."
Every author has a dragon living inside them, gnawing on their insides until each story is written.