Tell us a bit about your family.
Jeff and I have been married for thirty-one years. Hard to believe! We have two grown children, Laura and Kevin, who are both married. Laura and her husband Jon just had their first baby—our first grandchild.
We’re a very close family, and I love that my children both live in Indiana now so that I can see them often.
Is your family supportive?
Very! My husband has been the best about the changes I’ve tossed his way. Ever since I started writing, he’s had to endure all the ups and downs of my new career. The reviews. The worrying about submissions. And the success. But most of all, he tolerates me ignoring him for hours on end so I can write.
My kids are also very supportive. When my daughter has time, she’s a fantastic proof-reader, and my son is my “idea guy.” If I’m ever stuck, all I have to do is call him for a brainstorming session. He always helps me find my way around any block.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Back in junior high school, my friends used to love to read stories I’d write when I was bored in class. My seventh grade English teacher predicted I’d be a writer. It took me a lot of years to fulfill that prophecy, but I’m finally here!
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
I’m very proud of my teaching career. When I started at Greenwood High School, the school wasn’t even offering psychology. I was able to get psych added as a course and started with a couple of one-semester classes. Now, I have a full schedule of full-year advanced psychology classes (and over a hundred of those kids are earning college credit) and a few one-semester grade-level courses.
Who is your favorite author?
That’s a tough one, because it depends on the genre I’m reading. If it’s non-fiction, I’m reading Ann Rule. I’ve even emailed her a couple of times to discuss a local case. Her books are amazingly detailed and always good reads.
If it’s non-romance fiction, I’d say Stephen King. His It and 11/22/63 are my favorites. The man is a superhero to me.
In romance, I have two “go to” authors. Hannah Howell and Julie Garwood. I love Scottish romances, and Hannah Howell delivers every single time I pick up one of her books. Julie Garwood is my favorite historical author, although I must admit I don’t like her romantic suspense or her contemporaries. But I read The Bride at least three times every year. It’s that entertaining.
What genre of books do you adore?
Romance, of course. But I also enjoy non-fiction, especially biographies and true crime. Those loves probably come from my interest in history and my degree in criminology.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for your success?
There are so many people I could thank for helping me get where I am! It would take a heck of a lot more space than one blog, so let me focus on my “gateway” guy. My father-in-law, MR James, is a successful author. When I finished my first book, I asked (begged) him to read it an offer me pointers. He went one step better. He did edits on the entire story! I’d printed the book out and put it in a binder. When he handed it back, he warned me that if I planned to publish, I should develop skin as thick as a rhino. The moment I opened the binder, I saw why he’d given me that advice. He must have used three red pens on that story! But I thank him every day for teaching so much about writing. His honesty and guidance made me a much better writer.
For the fans of Jennifer Probst, Ruth Cardello and Jill Shalvis, comes a series about love, friendship, and lunch!
When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.
Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She's ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she's ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can't afford to lose herself in a relationship-no matter how perfect it may seem.
Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start-and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they'll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can't live without.
Word count: 75,000-85,000
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Genre - Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG-13
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