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My writing began in the 6th grade when I found out that my short stories earned me A+'s, even though my penmanship earned me D's. Enjoying the pats on the back led to more and more stories...including epics in which I starred as the girlfriend of the Hardy Boy's Shawn Cassidy. My desire to write grew in 9th grade when I gave my English teacher "goosebumps" with an entirely fictionalized character sketch and earned myself the coveted A+++. (I was very greedy about grades back then.) I guess I knew from way back then that I would someday be a writer.

Writing took a back seat to life over the ensuing years (during which I worked in a shoe store and as a bank teller, graduated high school, got married and took on a mortgage), but when my now teen daughter was a baby and naptime was designated as housecleaning time . . . well, let's just say housework and I don't get along, so I dove back into writing.

I fairly quickly sold two short stories to True Love and True Confessions magazines. What a kick that was! Especially when the checks arrived in the mail . . . I was a published author (albeit one with no byline, but you can't have everything). A really cheesy love poem finally earned me a byline, legitimizing my authorship. However, again, life intervened. I had to get a real job (as a medical transcriptionist this time), and when my next true confession was rejected (a four letter word in any writer's book!), I moved on and didn't write again for a while.

A brief one year stint in the Romance Writers of America gave me a start on my first romance novel, which I finished a mere nine years later when I rejoined the RWA and really learned what it took to write a book.

Though my first love is the romance novel, I now write Chick Lit, YA, and paranormal, as well as doing some freelancing and continuing to write short stories for the confessions market.

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