A Short Biography

In "real life," I am a medical transcriptionist, working at home on the computer via modem. I also do free-lance editorial work for a well-known medical publisher, being on their editorial advisory board. I'm 47, divorced for 17 years, a single mom with a teenage daughter and three cats. We live in the tall pine country in the high desert of Arizona, a beautiful area that is perfect for a writer. 

I've traveled quite a bit and lived many places, including a year in Cairo, Egypt attending the American University in Cairo as an exchange student, and a year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I made it through Desert Storm and the Northridge Quake, and I've tromped through chest-deep snow before dawn to guard the buffalo from slaughter in Montana. I'm a Vietnam-era vet; I was in Support Command of the 9th Division stationed up at Ft. Lewis, Washington for several years, and I also did a short temporary assignment with NATO in Europe, which was terrifically interesting. I've been a postal worker, a security guard, a legal secretary, and a wrangler/trail guide at a dude ranch. I've been the manager of a Greek delicatessen, owned a motorcycle and driven an 18-wheeler. I studied Arabic, which I still speak somewhat fluently, karate, tap dancing and especially belly dancing. I was a folk dancer for many years and still occasionally give classes in that. I'm an HTML junkie and have four domains of my own. 

Other hobbies include painting ceramics, loom beadwork, tooling leather, and, naturally, reading. I'm always a sucker for animals, and my menagerie over the years has included horses, a rabbit, a rat, a hamster, Maine Coon cats (thank you, Anne McCaffrey, in Ring of Fear!), any other kinds of cats, and the occasional foster dog from the local Humane Society. I'm an alumni of the University of California Santa Barbara and the American University in Cairo, and I belong to Romance Writers of America (Desert Rose Chapter) and Mensa. 

My favorite authors are Georgette Heyer, Anne McCaffrey, J.R.R. Tolkien and Dick Francis, followed closely by romance novels by Nora Roberts, Iris Johansen and Kay Hooper. And most recently, of course, I've become a Harry Potter fan :) I've been to see both of the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings movies a half dozen times each, and that was just at the theater! Naturally I have the DVD's and have watched them more at home. 

All this aside, a writer is who and what I am... a romance writer. I write what I know, and what I know is romance. Dozens of story lines and literally hundreds of characters live and breathe within the not-so-narrow confines of my imagination, and it is my joy and pleasure to bring them to life, to share them with others by writing their stories.  I'm very fortunate in my daughter, who is very supportive of my writing. She brings me endless glasses of tea, is understanding when I suffer agonies over sentence structure, cheers me on when I'm on a roll, brags to all her high school friends about her "writer" mom (and by the way is a marvelous brainstorming partner), and who has had to learn to cook and do laundry in self defense!

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