I've been reading
romance novels for as long as I can remember. I dabbled in
writing for the first time in the 7th grade, when the book I
had just finished had the most awful ending—the hero and
heroine did not end up together. I felt cheated! After days
of whimpering and whining to my friends and family, someone
suggested I rewrite the ending if I hated it that much. So I
did. And thus my journey began...
I wrote my first full length novel in 1995, a
historical set in the Pacific Northwest. After completing a
few other historicals, I tried my hand in paranormal and had
a blast playing around with time travel. Around the same
time frame, I joined my local Search And Rescue (SAR) and
discovered my true passion—suspense.
My first contemporary romantic suspense novel,
Rescue Me, is set on the coast of Washington State,
where I grew up. I haven't decided whether I'd like to
create a series of SAR books, but am leaning very strongly
toward writing another. Having been in SAR for a number of
years now, it is something near and dear to me, and
something I want to share with others.
From the instant I picked up my first "secret
government agency" book, I was hooked. I love the plot
twists and turns, the danger and intrigue. I knew I had to
write one. I created the National Agency of Safety,
Security, and Defense, or NASSD, and got down to business.
Once I completed At Any Cost I couldn't stop at just
one NASSD novel. I fell in love with the characters and
their plights. The secondary hero demanded his own story
(how could I deny him?), so I continued his story line in
Seek and Destroy, which introduced the McKoy Family.
With seven children, three mischievous girls and four very
bad boys, I have enough to keep me busy. I'm currently in
the process of completing It Takes Two, the third
book in the NASSD series.
Currently I live in the beautiful mountains of Montana
with my husband and children. If you'd like to contact me,
please visit me on the web. Click the 'Contact Me' link for
details on how to reach me. Thank you for taking the time to
read about me. I hope you enjoy the stories!
Q: Would you say there is an element of you in the
characters you write?
A: It's more an element of what I want to be. In At Any Cost,
my heroine is witty, instant with her comebacks to get a rise
out of the hero, and is sexy as hell. Who wouldn't want to be
Q: What about the hero?
A: [Smiling] The hero has every element I fantasize about!
Q: Of all your books, which sex scene do you wish you
could have actually participated in?
A: What makes you think I haven't? [Laughs] If I had to make a
choice, it would be between the kitchen scene in Seek and
Destroy and the couch scene in Rescue Me. The first
one is hot, hot, hot! The characters used the kitchen counter in
ways that even surprised me. The second is more tender, but not
any less steamy. I'd settle for either one.
Q: Which one of your characters would you most likely have
a drink with?
A: I'm absolutely in love with Spencer from Rescue Me.
There's something about a man in uniform. Yum! But, to be fair,
Dan from At Any Cost can still melt my heart with a shot
of those piercing blue eyes! And I love the way David from
Seek and Destroy seems like such a playboy on the surface,
only to turn into one hell of a fierce and devoted lover behind
closed (elevator) doors.
Q: You are a wife, a mother, work a full time job, and are
in the process of remodeling a house. Where do you find the time
A: Ask any writer and they'll tell you the same thing—you can't
not write. It's in our blood. In our brain. We could be busy
twenty-three hours out of the day and choose to take that
remaining hour to write instead of sleep. When your characters
demand it, you have no choice but to oblige. Does that make me
Q: Yes, actually. It does. Would you say other authors
think the same way?
A: Absolutely. We are all insane. [Laughs] But it takes a writer
to understand a writer. We are a unique breed.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I'm finishing up the third book in my NASSD series. I've just
finished sketching out the abstract plots of the remaining books
in the series. I'm also working on a couple of stand alone
suspense books. But really has me excited is this ménage book
I'm working on. It is different than anything I've written in
the past. It is really, really scorching. Beyond sizzling.
Q: A ménage, huh? Can you give us more information on it?
A: It is a set at a bed and breakfast. Two men. One woman. Seven
nights. Seven different fantasy rooms. It won't be until the
very last fantasy room—the honeymoon suite—before we find out
who she chooses. Did I already give away too much?
Q: Not at all! I want to know more. When will it be ready?
A: I'm a fast writer, so I plan to have something out soon.
Check my website for updates on this and my other works in