I have been in love with fiction since I discovered 'Misty of Chincoteague' at the age of 9. By the time I was 12, I'd read all of Marguerite Henry's books, along with the entire Nancy Drew series, the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Ayn Rand. Already at that age, I knew I wanted to be a novelist when I grew up.
Then, when I was 15, something extraordinary happened. I discovered romance novels. I gave up depressing Russian classics for stories that made my heart beat fastertales of bravery, passion, and love.
I had the good fortune of becoming an exchange student during my senior year of high school and went to Denmark. I fell in love with the small Scandinavian country and stayed for almost three years, traveling throughout Europe and learning to speak Danish fluently. My time visiting European castles and cathedrals awakened in me a love of history. When I returned to the United States, I got a degree in ClassicsLatin, Greek, ancient history, and archaeology.
Although I did work on a master's degree in archaeology, I realized that I was using college to avoid the challenge of building the career I truly wantedthat of a fiction author. I dropped out of graduate school and went to work for a newspaper and held almost every position in the newsroom before becoming editor. Over the years, I've won numerous awards for my work as a columnist and journalist.
I now write historical and romantic suspense romances. I love nothing more than the moment my characters come alive in their own time period and begin interacting with the world they inhabit. Through them, I am able to travel to other times and placescolonial America, 18th-century Ireland, the Viking age.
I live in Boulder, Colorado, next to the unbelievable beauty of the Rocky Mountains. I love to hike and especially enjoy watching birds and wildlife with my two teen-age sons, Alec and Benjamin. My other interests include drawing and painting, quilting, listening to music, horseback riding, world travel and reading.