Born in the Pacific Northwest, growing up in the foothills of the Cascades, my constants have been a love of learning, nature, ranching, art, family, and finally writing, which brings it all together. I wrote my first full length novel when I was in my early 20s (didn't submit it anywhere for publishing). From then, I have continued writing, with interests in historical, contemporary, suspense, and paranormal romances-- all based in the American West. I am a member of RWA, PAN, Women Writing the West, and Saguaro Romance Writers.
When writing, I work from our family sheep and cattle operation in the Oregon Coast Range, a desert home near Tucson, Arizona, or from our RV somewhere in the inter-mountain west via satellite link. Our cat kids travel with us-- unwillingly I might add. My husband of over 50 years, who, I call Ranch Boss, and I have two grown children, and four grandchildren.
In all of my romances, historical, contemporary, suspense, and paranormal, the underlying themes are the values of generosity, hard work, courage, community, and living true to oneself—all the while intertwining the complications of physical attraction, sexuality and outside challenges, whether, malicious or societal. I call my stories 'Romances with an Edge' as they are stories of adventure and danger. Other than novellas, my books are generally spicy (between 3 and 4 on a scale of 1-5). Characters sometimes use strong language, as suits the action.
Romances explore relationships and in often in the most difficult of times. The romance novel can be seen as a fairy tale for adults. There is truth in their stories, as there is in all mythologies. I think of my books as emotional roller coasters for the protagonists who take the reader along. When a romantic novel doesn't build a bridge between story and reader, it hasn't fulfilled its highest purpose.