The Pacific Northwest, where I live, is known for people who are warm and rain that isn’t. The latter is undoubtedly the reason I write. To live here, you have to know how to keep yourself busy inside or have a healthy tolerance for being wet. I choose to stay dry unless I’m headed for a writing session outside my home and have to run in the rain from my car to the coffee shop.
After “mining the lives of family members” (I call it writing memoir but my daughter, who coined that phrase, believes otherwise) for a number of pieces which were published in anthologies, I moved on to writing mysteries. At least, I thought they were mysteries. The characters had other ideas. They kept falling in love with each other. Which is how my career as a romance writer was born.
What fuels my writing life, other than coffee and chocolate, is the experience of changing careers every few years. As a nurse, a political staffer, a lobbyist, public relations consultant and association executive, I collected enough characters to supply several writers.
Then there’s the art world I’m involved in. In addition to my writing, I also create glass art (silently thanking the geometry teacher I once told I’d never, ever use what she was teaching me as I calculate the angles of the pieces of glass I cut and fit into designs to be fired in my kiln.)
Not only has the art world been featured in several of my books, it was the inspiration for a body of work which was exhibited in a local gallery. In “Loving Again” the heroine is a glass artist. I attempted to recreate her work as described in the book. It was something of a challenge. Turns out, my character was more talented than her creator.
Facebook and email start my day, every day, so if you’d like to say hello to me while I drink my morning coffee, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my Facebook page is: