I love telling stories. My first attempts were crayon squiggles across paper. A bookworm since forever, I majored in English Literature. It took a while to finish my degree ( life got in the way ) but the moment my children were able to forage for their own food and the day after receiving my Masters I plunged head first into my true passion—writing novels. I haven’t stopped writing since.
I’m a genre slut—I’ll read anything—and so, of course, that means I’ve also written a few other genres as well. I use different pen names for my historical fiction and urban fantasy romance. I love reading and writing stories that are chewy—that provoke ideas, rouse imagination, and challenge conventionality.
The colors across the pages I write are no longer Crayola bright. They’re black. Sometimes highlighted yellow or underscored in red, and yet decades later I’m still telling stories. I breathe best with words.
I’m currently working on another novel, one of many that are swirling around in my brain.
Favorite things include salty French fries, a good foamy cup of coffee, chocolate, and the beach. I also have a weakness for cheese puffs and mojitos. When I’m not writing or working at the day job, you can find me hanging out with my four grown children and hubby.
My Writing Journey
The day after I finished my Masters Degree, I decided to do what I really wanted to do. Write novels. I wrote and wrote and wrote, and went to several writing conferences. Despite rave reviews, I never landed an agent. Not willing to give up the dream, I tried my hand at another genre, historical fiction ( a personal favorite). That novel got me an agent. Flash forward to when my agent asked if I was interested in submitting some steamy erotic scenes for Cleis Press. YES! I shouted in all caps in my email. A month later, Cleis offered me a project.
My Writing Process
Something usually triggers an idea for a story. An article, historical account, ancient myth…even a canoe trip in a cave in southern Greece will release the creative juices. I’ll usually mull over the plot and characters for a day or so before creating an outline. This can be tricky, especially when I want to align the plot with historical incidents. The characters are very much alive to me before I write a single word. Writing is my Zen, so sitting for hours is a joy. Time goes so fast when I’m writing. I can’t tell you how many times hubby has tapped his watch to remind me that we’re going to be really late if I don’t ‘give it a break’. After the first draft I revise and revise and revise ad infinitum. I love this part too, because the revision process forces me to make every sentence better.
Thanks for reading!