Being more inclined towards artistic rather than engineering or hard-science endeavors, my stories naturally migrated into the realm of fantasy where imagination is king and anything is possible. Combine that with a love for historical romances, and a cradle-born fascination with myths, legends, and lore, and--voila!--you have a fantasy romance / romantic fantasy novelist.
Despite the fact that my first novel, LORD OF THE FADING LANDS, debuted on the USA Today list and my second, LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS, hit both the USA Today and the extended NY Times, I am not what you might call an overnight success. I have been writing and honing my craft for years--and will continue to do so for many, many years to come. I'm also an inveterate contest sl---er...diva. I have entered and won a variety of writing contests both pre- and post-publication. In their published form, my novels have won awards such as the National Reader's Choice Award, the Golden Quill, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and the Write Touch Award. I received the PEARL Award for Best New Author of 2007 from the members of Paranormal Romance; my novel LORD OF THE FADING LANDS was selected as the best Paranormal Romance Debut of 2007 by Michelle Buonfiglio of LifetimeTV.com's Romance B(u)y the Book; and my novel LORD OF THE FADING LANDS was selected as the Best Fantasy Romance of 2007 by the reviewers at Romance Reviews Today.
I currently reside with my husband, our three wonderful children, and our little black cat, Oreo, in a gulf-coast Florida town about an hour south of Tampa. We live on a secluded eight acres filled with moss-covered hundred-year-old live oaks, where we enjoy local wildlife including a small herd of deer, alligators, wild pigs, a nesting pair of peregrine falcons, bald eagles, foxes and even the occasional Florida panther.
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