I've been writing romance novels since junior high. In those days, they featured high school quarterbacks named Brad who drove Corvettes and gals with names like Desireé because my name is rather plain. Since then, my stories have ranged from historical and contemporary male/female romances to light women’s fiction to LGBTQ+ romance, with a time travel series thrown into the mix. One theme remains the same: everyone deserves to have a happy ending.
I was honored to be a 2015 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist in the Contemporary Romance category. I'm the past president of Chicago-North Romance Writers, and also a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Supporting other authors (and getting support) is super important in what can be a solitary endeavor.
When not writing, I like being outside in nature, quoting from Eighties movies, listening to all kinds of music, and petting every dog who crosses my path. All of these show up in my books. Being a dork at heart, I watch a lot of documentaries to satisfy my hunger for random bits of information. I live in the Chicago suburbs and swear every winter is my last one here. (Alas, I'm still here.)
Here are some more fun facts:
TV shows that have made me cry: The Office, Schitt's Creek
TV show I get insanely invested in: RuPaul's Drag Race
Favorite Bands/Recording Artists: U2, Dave Matthews Band, Brandi Carlile, Sting, Ben Folds, Glen Hansard, Alison Krauss
Album I still listen to like it came out last week: The Purple Rain soundtrack
Favorite Movies: If it was made in the 80's, I probably love it
Favorite Colors: Purple and Blue
Favorite Pet: Dogs, of course!
Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
Favorite NWHL team: Minnesota Whitecaps
Claim to Fame: On my high school's Fine Arts Wall of Fame
Number of times I've played a dead body: 3
When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up and be: A writer or a famous Hollywood actress
Hobbies: I used to do a lot of theater. Now, I write in my spare time.
Favorite thing to add to notes and signatures: A smiley face :)