As a child, I didn’t dream of writing. Reading was my passion. I loved to explore new worlds—the streets of ancient Rome, the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids, the fellowship of the Knights of the Round Table. I satisfied my romantic heart and love of history with stories like Gone with the Wind, The Once and Future King, The Thorn Birds, Captains and the Kings. As I matured I read tons and tons of romance novels in the hope that my white knight would suddenly (or just someday) appear.
But I didn’t start writing until my early 40s, not until I heard a whisper. Then the words poured out of me. And I channeled all of my reading experience, all of that passion for love and excitement and exploration into gripping, thrilling stories. Well, that was my hope. I discovered that the love of writing doesn’t necessarily translate into being skilled at writing. It took 10,000 hours of practice (and then some) plus critique groups and classes and a huge AHA moment about GMC (goal, motivation, and conflict) to understand the journey of a story and how to craft one. After that, what fun!
I’ve always been fascinated about relationships and unceasingly curious about why people do what they do. The themes of my stories focus on love (what we always strive for) and forgiveness (what we always need). My books include F.A.I.T.H. - Finding Answers in the Heart, Volumes I and II, the historical novel The Sacred Flame, the award-winning contemporary sequel Bella Toscana, and my new addition The Heart of Everything.
I’m also an editor, publisher, and CEO of Words of Passion, helping women write from the heart so they can put their passion into words and create award-winning books which uplift and inspire others.
When I’m not editing or working on my next book, I love to read, go for walks, watch romantic movies, cook gourmet food, and dream of living by the beach. And chocolate. Dark chocolate on its own. Dark chocolate with orange or raspberry or peppermint. Dark chocolate with nuts. You can never have too much chocolate.
- My motto on life: there should always be a Happily Ever After.
- I love to cry over a good book or movie.
- Don’t ask me to choose between books and movies. I love them both! And sometimes I love the movie better than the book.
- My favorite chocolate: Chocolove. Their dark chocolate is smooth, it’s rich, it melts in your mouth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. My favorite flavors are Orange Peel and Peppermint. Vosges chocolate comes close.
- Walking on the beach with my toes in the water soothes my soul.
- What do I read? Women’s fiction, historical fiction, YA, fantasy, an occasional romance. Some of my all-time favorite books: Outlander, The Mists of Avalon, Stranger in a Strange Land, Gone with the Wind, A Little Magic (3-story collection by Nora Roberts), The Ten Thousand Doors of January.
- I’m really a cat that loves to laze and sit in the sun.
- Autumn leaves are a miracle. That scrunching sound when you walk through them . . . And the magnificent colors. Ahhh!
- Food should taste good. Always. I hate going out to eat and getting a mediocre meal. I want that OMG feeling when I take a bite.
- Some of my favorite foods (besides chocolate): Steelhead, artichokes, perfectly ripe peaches and nectarines, fresh strawberries and raspberries, crispy chicken skin, risotto, really rich desserts (even though I don’t eat them).
- I’m madly in love with my husband.
- Numerology, astrology, Egyptology, tarot, mystery school knowledge—all of it fascinates me and I want to learn more.
- Some of my favorite movies: The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Sweet Potato Pie Guernsey Literary Society (I liked those two better as movies than books), Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dave, The Bishop’s Wife, Avatar, Frozen II.
- I learned origami as a child and have loved it ever since. My office walls are filled with origami butterflies (Soul Flutters, I call them), which I also make for very good friends.
- Secretly, I want to be a dancer, singer, musician. Sadly, I don’t have the body or the skills or the devotion. But oh, how I love to dream.
- I don’t like live ballet; team sports like football, baseball, basketball; orchestra concerts; and opera, but put any of these in a good movie and I’m so there.
- Musicals make me laugh, smile, feel like a kid.
- Disney stories and I go way back. I love Disney films and I still know most of the songs to Mary Poppins.
- I laugh at the strangest times. Sometimes my laughter hurts or confuses people, but that’s never my intention. I simply find life amusing and bewildering.
- I’ve written over 50 songs and recorded three. That’s What Christmas Does was played on the radio in 2003 in Mississippi and North Carolina.