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A voracious need to read had me staying up past midnight, reading beneath the covers with a flashlight finishing one book after another. I know my Mom got tired of hearing me ask, "Can I read just one more page?" before I started my chores. Reading has always been a way of life for me. Though my tastes have changed over the years, I am still a huge fan of Romance novels. I'm addicted to the HEA . . . Happily Ever After.
My love for the written word is a gift from my parents, but the need to write was instilled by Mrs. Smith, my 7th Grade English teacher. Ok, so I admit it, I wrote really bad poetry and dedicated it to an early high school crush, but I didn't start writing novels until a decade ago. I had just finished reading another novel, when my husband asked why I didn't write one of my own. Funny, it never occurred to me before, but once the seed was planted, it was like having a door inside me unlocked and all of these words pouring through me. Creating characters is a joy, and plotting the book pure pleasure . . . now revisions and edits . . . that's another story.
One of my writing quirks is that I love to include bits and pieces of my ancestors and ancestry in all of my books. In THE MARSHAL'S DESTINY, my main characters were named after my great-grandmother, Margaret Mary Flaherty, and my youngest son, Joshua.
Fate, destiny and love-at-first-sight will always play a large part in my stories because they also played a major role in my life 30 years ago. When I saw my husband Dave for the first time, I knew he was the man I was going to spend the rest of my life with. Four years of dating and 26 years of marriage have not dimmed the love I feel for him. Each and ever hero I write about has a few of Dave's best qualities, his honesty, his integrity, his compassion for those in need and his killer broad shoulders (I'm such a sucker for a man with broad shoulders). We've been blessed with three wonderful children, two sons and a daughter in the middle. Life is good.
I would not have been able to continue to write over the years without the solid support of friends and fellow authors within New Jersey Romance Writers, and Romance Writers of America, but especially those who would not let me have that garage sale to unload all of the research books I've collected in the last ten years. You know who you are.
I owe a debt of gratitude to fellow NJRW author, Jennifer Wagner, for introducing me to her husband Joe Schmidt, who is not only a wonderful man, but also the talented creator of my webpage. Thank you both for everything!
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