I'm a southern girl and my books show it.
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 learned at an early age, my mind could take me wherever I wanted to go and make me whoever I wished 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.
Content to read, it didn't occur to me to try my hand at writing.
In my teens I discovered romance novels. I loved historicals and strong, virile heroes. Later I became interested in the paranormal,devouring Ann Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton and others in the genre and found one constant. I always preferred the monsters.
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.
As I matured 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 took form in the back of my mind. 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 my first published work. 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 as well as many new friends.
To all who encouraged and believed in me, Dare to Dream is for you.
No big surprise...I read and write! I also enjoy gardening and animals. I have ten dogs and two horses all of which are rescues. I was active in animal rescue for over twenty years and animal rights will always be a passion for me.
Please spay and neuter your pets!