owe my love of romance novels and fascination with the Regency era to my mother, who let me read her Georgette Heyer romances when I was still in grade school (I remember a teacher being shocked to find one of them in my book-bag).
Besides reading, I also enjoyed mathematics and programming (I still do). So I earned a degree in mathematics and computer science from Case Western Reserve University, and took a programming job in upstate New York, where I met my husband, Richard.
However, fate must have wanted me to write Regencies, because Richard and I were sent on a three-year international assignment - to the United Kingdom! We worked in Portsmouth, but lived in a beautiful village called Funtington in the South Downs of Sussex. We also traveled quite a bit, both on business and for pleasure, taking many hikes and rides in the English countryside, and visiting countless castles and stately homes. What an inspiration!
After the three years, we returned home to the US to start a family. I had this idea that babies napped, and that maternity leave would be a great time to work on that book I’d been meaning to write “someday.” Well, my baby never slept the way I wanted her to but I managed to finish the book anyway. It won the Royal Ascot, a contest for unpublished writers of Regency romance, and eventually I sold what is now Lord Langdon’s Kiss to Kensington/Zebra.
Since then, I’ve given birth to one more beautiful daughter and written five more love stories set in Regency England. In 2001, I received the National Readers’ Choice Award for my novella “The Wedding Wager” in His Blushing Bride. My November 2003 release, The Redwyck Charm, has won the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence and the Phoenix Desert Rose RWA’s Golden Quill, and is a finalist for the Booksellers’ Best Award.
I live in upstate New York with my wonderful husband, who supports my writing wholeheartedly, and my two daughters who actually like scrambled eggs for dinner, which is very useful when Mama is on deadline!