I hail from: I was raised in Olathe, KS. I am a Kansan by nature–stubborn, loyal, independent. I now consider Virginia my home and think I have adapted well to the Southern way of life (although I’ll never be a good cook!)
My family: Children, two dogs, a cat, and two horses. They keep me busy, busy, busy.
My favorite quote: From Debbie Macomber, “Attitude is the key . . . each one of us is as successful as we make up our minds to be.”
My most embarrassing moment: I have many. I’m gullible. If you have a good practical joke, I’m the one to play it on.
I would dress for a costume party as: Wanda, the Good Witch. O to be perpetually pleasant! But notice that she didn’t put up with any nonsense from the Munchkins.
The most dangerous thing I have done: Marry a man I’d known less than a month. He made me laugh (and looked good in uniform). Kevin passed away almost twenty-five years to date he asked me to marry him. It was a great marriage. We both enjoyed a good laugh and I respected his compassion and generosity of spirit, two qualities that wore well over time.
My favorite hideaway: St. Croix. I savor the sound of waves on the beach and the sight of a clear, starry sky in the dead of winter.
You will never see me: With my mouth closed.
My hobby is: The kids and my community–and the horses. I own two and they devour my time and energy. My youngest daughter rides dressage. I get to ride whichever one she isn’t riding if I’m in good enough shape. Perhaps I should say I ride between falls. I seem to have difficulty staying on a horse even when it isn’t moving! But I still love ‘em.
You would never believe: That I’ve spent six years in the Navy. I worked in the Pentagon and did a tour with Naval Intelligence. I’ve also managed a watch factory, been a news broadcaster, and done costumes for local theater. Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy.
I started writing romance because: I’d always wanted to write a book. While devouring Jennifer Blake’s FIERCE EDEN, I knew that this was the book I wanted to write.
What is the most important element to a romance novel: The characters. Strong characters can carry a weak plot, but weak characters can never carry a strong plot. The latter is like biting into a juicy apple and finding out it’s nothing but mush inside.
My most recent book is THE MARRIAGE RING, a March 2010 release from Avon Books. This book is the third in my Scandals and Seductions series where pride clashes with passion and temptation leads to love.
HIS CHRISTMAS PLEASURE— Anything can happen at Christmas! It’s the season of miracles and passion—when love not only awakens the senses but delivers the greatest gift of all. This Avon novel will be released November 30th and is the fourth book in my Scandals and Seductions series. Also, Andre’s story!