I have always been a story-teller. As a child, I got into a lot of trouble for "making things up." Now, I get rewarded for making things up. I love being able create heroes and heroines that people can relate to--even crazy cat ladies, as I did with CATASTROPHE, my first publication with The Wild Rose Press (WRP). I've been writing fiction since I was in middle school and have the rejection slips to prove it. In high school, I even submitted a script to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." on yellow-lined paper in pencil. Not surprisingly, that was rejected, too.
After I graduated with a BA in Psychology and no job, I realized my dreams of working in the attic writing great prose would have to take a back seat to the simple pleasures of eating, drinking, and having a roof over my head. Fast forward a few decades, and I had a career path that would make all but the kindest say, "What were you thinking?" After working in health care delivery for years, I became a researcher, then an academic. I had it all-- a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son, and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it obsession), kept beckoning me to "come on back" to writing fiction. In the summer of 2004, I spent one whole month away from Baltimore in Florida doing nothing but writing fiction. The resulting effort was the first of many drafts of my first novel, which is now hidden away in a deep, dark drawer. The good news is that first novel taught me what not to do, and my second novel was so much better--because I had made all those mistakes in the first one.
As an academic, I published numerous non-fiction articles and two textbooks, INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT and CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE FIELD. However, I found the road to publication in fiction to be much harder. After I published some short stories in horror and mystery, my friend, Rosemary Ellen Guiley http://www.visionaryliving.com/ recommended that I should join the Maryland Romance Writers (MRW)http://www.marylandromancewriters.org/mr... I joined in 2005 and found friendship, support and the opportunity to develop as an author with MRW and the Romance Writers of America(RWA)http://www.rwanational.org. Since romance has over a dozen sub-genres, I was able to turn my fascination with horror and mystery into paranormal romance and romantic suspense. I was home.
The themes of most of my fictional works revolve around journeys of discovery of one's true self and how family and love fits into one's identity. In BONDED FOR LIFE, Lola Getz is a famous Mexican artist, blissfully oblivious to the drug cartel wars all around her--until they blow up literally in her backyard. She escapes to the safest little town in the world--Summerville. Instead of being cocooned, she finds herself confronted by some things about her family and has to decide what that means to her and her future.
In KISS OF THE SILVER WOLF, Charlene Johnson is a rational scientist suddenly confronted with family secrets that defy her logical world. When she journeys to Eden, Kentucky, she discovers a family and a lover who live at the boundaries of science, magic, and religion. She is forced to make a life and death choice between who she believes she is and accepting who she really is.
DESIRE and DECEPTION mirrors these themes through the lens of lust and lies, because what is more powerful than sexual desire and what can be more revealing than the truth? Convinced that she is unworthy of redemption, Izzy goes down a take no prisoners’ path, halted only by her younger lover, Sean Richards. Izzy discovers the redemptive power of love and realizes that she can change, despite her horrific past. For her part, Sarah discovers shades of gray in her formerly black and white world and learns the powers of forgiveness and love can transform not only how she sees the world, but also her own self-image. In the end, Izzy becomes more like “good girl” Sarah--and Sarah becomes more like her “bad girl” friend. Izzy is the larger than life embodiment of all that is forbidden to “good girls”: she embraces her sexuality and desires and takes control of her life and the men in it--and pleases herself. Sarah is “everywoman”: she works hard, plays by the rules, collaborates and works by consensus--and wants to please others. This binary, yes/no reasoning is faulty, but I believe many of us struggle with this duality in our lives. As seen with Izzy and Sarah, with love and an honest relationship we can grow into who we want to be, not who we think we should be.
I hope I keep my promise to you as an author of both nonfiction and fiction and that my fictional works entertain you, move you to laughter, anxiety, suspense, tears and the sigh of a satisfying ending. Thank you for reading my work.
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