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No one is born a romance writer, but I got a good start: just before I was born, my mother was wheeled into the delivery room reading that 40s historical favorite, Forever Amber.
I’m a native New Yorker -- born in Brooklyn and proud of it. I cherish memories of tree-lined urban streets and extended family, the public library around the corner and our public school across the street.
I majored in English and did my best to forget I ever liked anything popular or schlocky. Oh, and I also met Michael Rosenthal, in a 17th Century poetry seminar. We’ve been married since 1969.
Then parenthood happened. Jesse Rosenthal was born a native San Franciscan in 1976. He's a grad student in English at Columbia University.
However, books and literature were my first love . . . and so I write . . .
My first shots at fiction were two erotic novels (written under the pseudonym of Molly Weatherfield), about a highly literate bike messenger named Carrie and a moody, gorgeous control freak named Jonathan. Combining kinky, graphic sexuality with smartass introspection, the books have picked up a cult following since the mid-90s. Carrie’s Story is currently in its ninth printing, and its sequel Safe Word was excerpted in “The Best American Erotica 2000.” The Carrie books are like very edgy chicklit, but they’re not too hip for love and ultimate happy endings. Which led me to consider a romance novel. It would have to be historical . . . and it should be sexy . . . because sexy writing is its own reward. I began to read history, and to imagine characters who were rebellious, conflicted . . .
And then I sat down and tried to write. And tried and tried again: I tried for three years until I got the hang of it, and I’m still trying to keep my stuff hot, sweet, smart, and original . . .
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