Once upon a time, as a 2-year-old, I wanted a typewriter. But I was so young, I called it a hipiter (high pie ter). I didn’t get one for a long time. So for years, I used a pencil or pen and paper to write short stories, dreams, and started novels in places I’d never been, like New York City. 🙂 Nonetheless, I kept writing. Then one day in high school I got an electronic typewriter and several years later used a computer and started to practice on it.
Soon, I was sending in articles and book reviews and they were accepted for publication. Encouraged, I kept going. Then one day my writing group convinced me to try National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I considered putting my writing friends in an asylum, but decided to join them in this crazy project instead. With no plot and no characters, I started writing a novel. I wrote 50,000 words that month and knew I could tackle novel writing. Thanks to my not so crazy friends after all, I now have several novels in the works, and Cookie Encounter is my debut novel.
I attend writer’s conferences (Write to Publish is a favorite), study plot and characterization books (review many) and haven’t stopped working on novels since.
I am married to a wonderful man, who retired from the Air Force several years ago; I have 4 children and have the awesome task of homeschooling them. In my spare time (!) I read writing magazines, novels, and books about the Holocaust and WWII; scrapbook two or three times a year; and bake cookies and muffins.
Follow along as I share my journey as a romance novelist. The more, the merrier!