As a child, I didn’t have the typical boogie man or monster living in my closet. No, I had a vampire that lived under my bed. The supernatural has always interested me, especially vampires. They fascinated and terrified me at the same time. I can’t help but think I inherited that from my Grandmother. I can remember eating grapes and cheese and watching Dark Shadows with her. Sometimes we would stay up late and watch scary movies like Salem’s Lot or The Night of The Living Dead. I would have to promise not tell my parents because they didn’t really want me watching those kinds of movies. It was our little secret.
When I was a teenager, I discovered romance. I was in heaven. I loved the happily ever afters, the idea of there being a soulmate, and that love can make everything possible. I totally believed in love at first sight and still do. I met my husband when I was 15. From the moment I laid eyes on him, I knew he was the one and we’ve been together ever since. It was just a matter of time before I tried my hand at writing romance.
I was an 80’s girl, so I cut my teeth on the bodice ripper type romance novels. What can I say? I loved them. Of course, I was a Luke and Laura fan too. I would read my books and listen to Air Supply, Journey, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Tears for Fears, and Duran Duran to name a few. Ah, and the big hair. *Sigh*
Historicals were and are by far my favorite romance genre, especially the ones set in Scotland. I love to escape into another time, another world. Calgon…take me away. Add in the paranormal aspect and life just couldn’t get any better. Okay, add in a million dollars and then life couldn’t possibly get any better. Give me a story with a tall, dark, alpha male, Scottish vampire in a kilt and you have a reader for life. Please, no wimpy heroes or WAY out there kick arse heroines.
My two favorite authors of all times are Bertrice Small and Johanna Lindsay. Now, they know how to create a hero. I’ve devoured every book they’ve written—at least twice. I’m sorry to say I have yet to meet either one in person.
I have wonderful support from my friends and family, making me an extremely lucky writer. My husband is my backbone. He’s always there and is the first to jump up and down with me when I receive good news. And of course, he’s there when the not so good news comes down too. My mother-in-law is the first in line to buy my book. My dad, who happens to be a romance reader, can’t wait until I write him a western romance. And even though my stepmother is not a big romance fan, she’s always excited for me and even lends a hand in editing. And sometimes my kids actually let me write in peace.
Because I find anything and everything paranormal fascinating, I’ve recently entered the paranormal investigation field. I’m now a paranormal investigator with the Texas Paranormal Research team. They are the best. I’ve learned a lot and have seen and heard some interesting things, not to mention I’ve acquired some great research material for my upcoming second story in the Vanator Diaries series called Ghostly Affair and my upcoming Christmas short story which will feature a spirit that is attached to an object—an angel tree topper, of course.
One of my biggest obsessions at the moment is working out. You will find me in the gym most days working my butt off. Nothing feels better than a session on the stairmaster. And I’m pretty certain my perky blonde trainer actually enjoys torturing me. But hey, if I can look like her some day, it’s all good.
I live in Texas with my husband and two teenagers—a daughter and a son, a golden retriever, a chocolate lab mix, and one cat.
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Occupation: teacher, taxi driver, laundress, maid, chef, mother, wife, paranormal investigator, RWA chapter president, RWA committee chair, oh yeah, and writer.
Favorite Movies: Notting Hill, Pretty Woman, A Knight’s Tale, Phantom of the Opera, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Notebook, Titanic, Sweet Home Alabama, Grease
Favorite Singers/Bands: Elvis, Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Chris Daughtry, Hinder, Chris Isaak, Journey, AC/DC, Bryan Adams
Favorite Songs: Wicked Game, Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’, Waiting for a Girl Like You, You Shook Me All Night Long, Over You, Home, Faithfully, Separate Ways, The Kill, Lips of an Angel, Blaze of Glory, Dead or Alive, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman
Favorite TV Shows: Blood Ties, Moonlight, Supernatural, Reaper, Chuck, King of Queens, Criminal Minds, Californication, Rome, Deadwood, Castle, Nip/Tuck, most of the CSIs, and (okay, I admit it) Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance
Favorite Authors: Bertrice Small, Johanna Lindsay, Susan Squires, Leanne Burroughs, Ashley Kath-Bilsky, Dawn Thompson, Kresley Cole, Heather Graham, Amanda Quick, Christine Feehan
Hobbies/Interests: Scrapbooking, Rhinestoning, Watching Movies, IMing, working out, and of course, writing
Favorite Color: Fuscia Pink
Dream Places to Visit: Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Africa, India, Alaska