Ever since I was knee-high to a flea, I would dream up stories. I loved books and illustrations, and going to the library or climbing into a bookmobile to explore the books on the shelves, was a special treat when I was a kid.
Writing was within me. But it wasn’t until a day in the early 90s at a family reunion that my cousin, a famous romance author, handed me a copy of one of her books that the spark ignited into a fire to write.
I took many paths to find my calling, and the joy of following through on it has been a tremendous part of my life journey. In many of my stories, I write about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English settings. Currently I am writing a new historical romance set in the Gilded Age, along with writing a series in collaboration with a bestselling Christian author. More on that later.
My books are dramatic in the sense I don’t hold back on the trials people historically faced. So you won’t find stories made of sugar and syrup.
I’m blessed to live near the Potomac River where some of my novels are set. I live with my husband and two sons, and an affectionate feline named Pookee, in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains in central Maryland.
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