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Unlike many other writers, I didn't always know that was what I wanted to do. I grew up in a small farming community in the middle of Minnesota, the daughter of a minister and a librarian. It was quite conducive to growing up a dedicated reader -- there weren't a whole lot of distractions! -- but becoming a writer just seemed like too big a dream to admit to, even to myself. But somewhere in the middle of junior high school, a dear friend shoved a copy of THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER in my hands and said "you gotta read this!" and my life was never quite the same... in more ways than one.
I went off to college in the glamorous environs of Fargo, North Dakota, certain that I was going to be a research scientist, fully planning to go off to Alaska and band polar bears or some other grand adventure. Then, however, I was assigned my first big research project, which entailed getting up at an ungodly hour of the morning, tromping out to the swamp in forty-degree weather, all by my lonesome, and writing down every move these not-even-nearly-extinct birds made. I changed my major rather quickly, but I did acquire something of lasting value at that college -- my husband. (My husband was born in China and raised in Hong Kong. And here is where I used to tell my slightly exaggerated green-card marriage story. However, despite the fact that I make up romantic lies for a living, people had a tendency to believe every word. I decided I really didn't relish the thought of being investigated by the INS, even for a really good story, and so I've reluctantly given it up.)
I spent the next several years studying wildlife of another sort entirely. I taught and tutored high school students in science and math, not to mention producing a few wild and wonderful young men of my own. Somewhere in there, in the ten years it took me to talk my husband into our third son, I decided to take a stab at writing one of the stories I loved so much. In 1991, my New Year's resolution was to write a book. (This, by the way, is the only resolution in my entire life I've ever kept.) It took me fourteen months to write that first book (Journey Home) and it was a charmed book from the beginning. The first agent I sent it to took it on two days after she received it, and she sold it under a week to HarperPaperbacks. It won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart and was named Waldenbooks Bestselling Debut Romance of 1992.
I've written more than ten books since then, squeezed in among the joy and complete chaos of living with four of the best men on the planet. I'm still often shocked and thrilled by picking up a book with my name on it. (Not to mention the shock this preacher's kid received when my name showed up on NEW WOMAN magazine's list of "the steamiest writers of women's fiction!). But despite a lingering urge to become a ski bum when I grow up, I can't imagine doing anything else.
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