I was a weird kid with bad skin and braces and an ardent imagination that was spurred to life by my love of books. Needless to say, I didn’t quite fit in at school, and so I escaped into the worlds of Aragorn and Dorian Gray, Anna Karenina and Jo March, Elphaba and Mary Boleyn (Philippa Gregory, you slay me!).
I was a weird kid with bad skin and braces and an ardent imagination that was spurred to life by my love of books. Needless to say, I didn’t quite fit in at school, and so I escaped into the worlds of Aragorn and Harry Potter, Anna Karenina and Jo March, Bella Swan and Christian Grey.
Catherine Coulter’s DEVIL’S EMBRACE was the first romance I remember reading; Christina Dodd’s THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS was in heavy rotation as well, and of course we can’t forget TWILIGHT. They were delicious and romantic and featured plenty of the bodice-ripping (and blood-sucking!) that I found so thrilling.
When I discovered said bodice-ripping happened a lot less often in real life than it did in romance novels (especially in high school), the writer in me sprung to life.
So I began writing. My first attempts at fiction featured a heroine with an uncanny resemblance to yours truly and a hero based on the hottest guy in the grade below my own. It wasn’t long before writing became an impulse, a necessity; as an introvert, I drew enormous energy from the nights I spent sitting quietly at my huge Apple computer, filling blank pages with passionate declarations of love and lots of making out.
But it wasn’t until I experienced my own real-life romance, and fell head over heels in love with the tall, dark and handsome Mr. Peterson, that I began to take my writing seriously. The experience of falling in love, coupled with his generous faith in me, gave me the courage to finally chase after my writerly dreams.
I did what everyone told me not to and quit my job. I wrote. I read even more. I wrote historicals first; but then, after falling HARD for New Adult, I began writing that too. Based on my own experience studying abroad in Spain, THE STUDY ABROAD series was born. It’s my first foray into the indie world, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
SPANISH LESSONS, book #1, was released in January 2016. Book #2, LESSONS IN GRAVITY, was released on March 25, 2016.
I’m currently working on a STUDY ABROAD novella, and hope to launch book #3 ASAP!