Here’s the big confession—I wasn’t particularly bookish as a young child. I was the tomboy of the family, more likely to bring home a stray cat or an abandoned hatchling than a library book or an all-A report card. The books I do remember reading, willingly even, are the Little House series, Trixie Belden mysteries, Anne of Green Gables, and The Happy Hollisters mysteries.
In high school I discovered an aptitude for academics that served me well in college, but still I mostly read what was assigned. The book that finally made a reader out of me was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I still love it.
I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, lived twenty years in the South Bay beach communities of Los Angeles, and currently reside in the Des Moines area.
When not writing, I’m busy raising two boys (ages 13 and 15), and I play as much tennis as my schedule and overused right arm will allow.