A Little About Me
I was raised by various relatives in rural Arkansas. We didn't go places or do exciting things but I had a sense of adventure and a vivid imagination. My grandpa's wagon was a royal coach, the plow horse my charger and the barnyard animals were whatever I wished them to be. I realized at an early age, my mind could take me wherever I wanted to go and make me whoever I wanted to be.
When I learned to read, the pages took me to far-away lands and places, the past and the future. I was hooked. I loved everything about books, the smell and feel of pages between my fingers. This love of books led me to my job as a library assistant.
Content to read, it didn’t occur to me to try my hand at writing.
In my teens I discovered romance novels. I loved historical and strong, virile heroes. Later I became interested in the paranormal. I devoured Ann Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton and others in the genre and found one constant. I always preferred the monsters. It was while composing my junior and senior themes in high school I discovered my love of writing and according to those literature teachers, a talent for it.
Unlucky in love myself, my ideas of what made a hero changed, as did my opinions of timid, meek heroines. No Pitiful Pearls for me, I liked my girls to have grit! An idea began to form. What if I took my changed perceptions and tossed in a generous dose of humor? Could I write a novel?
I had many false starts and setbacks along the way to Dare to Dream. Life has a tendency to get in the way of art, but I persevered. I joined Romance Writers of America, author’s forums and the on-line critique group, ERAuthors, all of which gave me encouragement, knowledge, a shoulder to cry on and many new friends including critique partner, Australian author, Lillian Grant.
To all who encouraged and believed in me, thank you.
Readers always ask if I really have 10 dogs and two horses and the answer is an unequivocal, "YES!"
Willy, the paraplegic dachshund in my Legacy series is based on a true character. Sadly I lost Willy in early 2010 but he will dwell in my heart and my books forever.
Here are some of the others, ALL are rescues. Yes, even the horses and dachshunds: