upon a time....
...there was a writer
I was born a writer. I can't remember a time I didn't
write, though my earliest scribbles, while I was in diapers, were not
decipherable even by me. Later, I saved ideas for school assignments and
awaited opportunities to write them. My first attempt at an epic, when I
was eight, was a science fiction story so incredibly precocious that, if
I could find it, I'm sure I'd find a new calling as a writer. Well,
maybe not. Still, it was a start: the story of a young boy and girl who
together explored the universe.
That's something else: I was also a born romantic.
Nearly all my fiction involves a romantic relationship. No wonder I
wound up writing romance novels!
I have also always enjoyed solving puzzles,
which led me to write suspense into all of my stories, too, no
matter what their genre or subgenre.
I stopped writing fiction in law school -- confusing cases and boring
briefs left little time for pleasure. But, I couldn't stay away. Soon as
I could carve out time early in the morning before work at my first law
job, I wrote for fun once more. Cathartic! In my first finished -- and
as yet unpublished -- mystery, I killed off a law firm's senior partner.
My first published fiction consisted of several short stories in
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. The first, "Different Drummers,"
won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best first mystery short story
My first novel was the 1995 Love Spell time travel romance
A Glimpse of Forever.
Since then, I have had 45 additional novels published--mysteries and
romances, including paranormal romance and romantic suspense.
In addition to creating fiction, I've been a transactional lawyer and loved
writing contracts--although currently I am a full-time writer. I am a member of the
chapters of the
Romance Writers of America. I also belong to
Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter, and my mystery short story
"Love on Sunset Boulevard" is in the SinC/LA anthology Murder on
Sunset Boulevard. It was fun getting back to my "roots" and
writing a mystery short story again. I am additionally a member of
Mystery Writers of America and
Thriller Writers. I live in the Los Angeles area with my husband and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Mystie and Cari.
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