My first romance came out in the spring of 2001. Since then I've written many books -- some under different names and in different genres -- but there's always an element of romance in my work.
I guess I was an early bloomer where romance is concerned. My sisters are 9, 12 and 14 years older than me, and I would steal their books to read. I was also hopelessly addicted to the soap opera Another World by the time I was four. My mother tried to cut me off after I asked one too many impertinent questions about family member's sex lives, but I resisted and eventually found a way to watch my beloved 'story' once again. I loved the drama, and yes, the romance.
I remember reading Harlequin romances when I was very young, and graduated to historical romance around the age of 10. That's how old I was when I tried to write my own -- complete with love scene. At this point, please feel some sympathy for my poor mother.
My sister bought me a book on writing romance when I was 12 or 13. I destroyed that thing with a highlighter. It was fabulous. I actually finished a book when I turned 13. It was terrible. It took a quite a few years and some false starts, but eventually I wrote a historical romance and got up the nerve to submit it, thanks to advice from the fabulous Lisa Kleypas. It sold and was released by Avon in the spring of 2001. It was called 'Elusive Passion'. I have the original painting of the cover on my wall.
My style has changed over the years, but my love of romance hasn't. I took a break for awhile, but I'm excited to be writing romance again. I hope readers will be excited to read them!