I realize that I am one of those rare people in the world who gets to live a life full of passion, suspense, angst, fulfillment, humor, and mystery. I am a writer. Every day when I sit down at my computer, I enter into a world of my own making. I am in the head of a panoply of characters ranging from a nineteen-year-old Austrian debutante (The Last Waltz) to a raging psychopath (The Arthurian Omen). Then there are the sassy heroines of my Regency romances and, of course, my Oxford Sleuths—Catherine and Harry.
How did this come about? I think I was wired to be a writer when I was born. There were a lot of things about my surroundings that I couldn’t control during my growing-up years, so I retreated to whatever alternate existence I was creating. The habit stuck, and now my family finds themselves living in my current reality during dinnertime as I overflow with enthusiasm about Wales, Austria, Italy, Regency England, Oxford, or World War II. Then there’s always Bosnia.
Formerly a traditionally published, award-winning author, I went Indie in 2012. In that time I have become an Amazon #1 best-selling author of Regency romances and Historical Mysteries. I enjoy genre-hopping, having published a genealogical mystery series, a Golden Age mystery series, two women’s fiction novels, a Historical Epic, three romantic suspense novels, thirteen Regency romances, some novellas, and a couple of non-fiction offerings.
With a BA from Stanford and an MA from George Washington University in International Relations (emphasis: Interwar Europe), I somehow stumbled into finance. But, once my husband was through law school, I never wanted to do anything but write and raise kids. Now the kids are gone, but (even better) seven grandchildren provide my rewards for finishing a manuscript.
Aside from the grandchildren, my favorite things include Florence, Italy; snowstorms; the Chicago Cubs; Oreos; real hot chocolate; Sundance Resort; lilacs; and dachshunds.