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I fell in love with reading romances, then proceeded to glom every book I could get my hands on until one day, I just knew I had to try my hand at writing.  I wrote the first chapter, and I was so excited.  My dream was new, fragile.  I went over to my mother's and just had to tell her or I would burst with excitement.  She said I wasn't smart enough to write a book.  My dream shattered because I knew she was right.  I never told anyone else. 
For several years, I didn't write, but I could never throw that first chapter away.  Then one day, my thirteen-year old son was digging through some things, and found that first chapter.  He read it, then came into the living room where I was, and asked why I'd quit writing.  He said the chapter was really good. What could I say?  That one person told me I couldn't do something, and I believed them?  My son grew up, married, and became a teacher, but he was already a teacher long before he got his degree. 
I started writing again after my son told me he thought it was pretty good writing. I told my husband what my dreams were, and with his encouragement, I never let anyone tell me I couldn't be a writer.  It took me another six years before I sold my first book, and I was beyond thrilled.  When I told my mother the news, Mom said she hadn't wanted me to be disappointed.  I realized then how many times she had been disappointed in her life.    
My mother passed away two months before my first book came out, but she got to see the cover, and I told her I had dedicated it to her, and I read the dedication to her.  Maybe I knew she wouldn't live long enough to hold my book in her hands.  My mother was my motivation.  I wanted her to see that dreams can come true. 
I write nearly every day, not because I have to, but because I want to. I have stories inside me that I want to tell.    

Double Dating With The Dead
Third place win in the FF&P RWA PRISM contest!

Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind
1st place in the Greater Detroit RWA Book Sellers Best contest
2nd in the Lories
2nd in the Passionate Plume Contest!
Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee. 4 top pick.

Additional Information

Currently I write for the Brava Imprint with Kensington Publishing. I have had 10 single titles and 5 anthologies published. My 11th single title, How To Seduce A Texan, will be released in June of 2009. In June, July, and Aug of 2009 Kensington is re-issuing my Planet Nerak series in mass market. Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind, Earth Guys Are Easy, and The Bad Boys Guide To The Galaxy. In December 2009 the last book in the Planet Nerak series will be released. I am currently working on another 3 book contract for Kensington.

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