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Quite simply, I adore the paranormal.
I write paranormal romance, blog about the paranormal, watch paranormal TV
and movies, and read paranormal books of almost any kind. Stephen King
once said he'd always had a love of the unquiet coffin ... and all I can say is me
too! Maybe it's a gene, but I’ve been a bigger fan of Halloween than of
Christmas all my life. It was only natural that werewolves, faeries, ghosts and
other supernatural creatures would turn up to populate my stories.
As passionate as I am about the paranormal, I get just as excited about the
printed word. I didn't read stories as a kid, I was DANIKA, DEVOURER OF
BOOKS! It was also evident from an early age that I wanted to participate in the
writing process (going so far as to edit all my storybooks with orange crayon).
It was no surprise to anyone when I was drawn to the newspaper business,
eventually working my way up to editor of a small town weekly.
The year 2000 brought me a true eureka moment. I stumbled across an
anthology, After Twilight, that contained a short story by Christine Feehan -
Dark Dream. Up to that point, I'd had no idea that romance and the
paranormal could be combined. What an incredible genre! I was instantly and
completely hooked. I read my way through Feehan's sexy Carpathian series,
and looked for more. I discovered other great authors too, like JR Ward, Karen
Chance, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kate Douglas, MaryJanice Davidson
and Katie MacAlister.
Eventually, reading paranormal romance, even reading it a LOT, wasn’t
enough. I started writing “just for fun” in my spare time. Not having much of
that, I found myself getting up earlier in the morning, staying up later and later
at night, writing during my lunch hour … you get the picture. I became
It was only a matter of time before I turned in my newspaper hat and became a
novelist. Between exploring the paranormal on my blog and romancing the
paranormal in my books, I’d found my niche.
Today, I live on an island in southeast Alaska, which is an adventure
considering that I spent most of my life in the rural areas of landlocked
northern Canada. You see, I met this salmon fisherman and married him ...
and yes, he inspires me every single day.
My stories are now written on land or at sea, and I just might be the only
paranormal writer in existence who has to vacuum fish scales out of her laptop.
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