I was born on the Jersey Shore and lived there until my teens when my family moved to Florida. I raised two children in The Sunshine State, and they have, in turn, given me two beautiful grandchildren.
The urge to write was a vague itch for a long time. Unlike a lot of authors, I didn’t start scribbling stories about bunny rabbits in my early years. It was more of an “I read so much I don’t know why I can’t write” kind of thing.
Then my son-in-law bought me a new computer on which I spent many happy hours playing golf. One day, he said if he’d known I was just going to use it to play games, he’d have bought me an Atari. Kind of embarrassing, really.
I went to sleep that night with his words ringing in my ears. They rang so loudly, they woke me up at 3:00 am with the idea for a novel fully formed in my head. I fired up the computer, started writing, and Ariana’s Pride was born … or at least conceived.
Four months of intense writing day and night, when I wasn’t at the day job, and the first draft was finished. Two months later, the second draft was finished and I sent it out for proofing. Then came the rounds of rejections followed by the decision to be content with the fact that I’d done it. I’d written a novel that I was proud of.
Ariana sat on a floppy disk for a long time until I discovered the Kindle. Then the idea came to publish it myself. With the help of Jeff Hepple of Elisco Publishing, my dream became a reality. Within the first month of publication, Ariana’s Pride rose as high as #444 in the Kindle Store.
From Ariana’s Pride came Catherine and the Captain and finally, Diana and the Gypsy to complete the trilogy.
My love of historical fiction/romance began with the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon. Then I read Katherine by Anya Seton and I was hooked on the Lancasters.
Although I have not abandoned my love of history, I have since written contemporary and fantasy romance, graphic novels and illustrated children’s books.
My favorite author is Susan Howatch, both her historical fiction and series on the Church of England. My favorite series is Harry Potter and my favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.