I was a reader from a young age.
This is me at the logging camp where I spent my first two years. Later we moved to a small farm in Maple Ridge where my grandmother lived next door and the school library was my best friend. Cable didn’t come to our neck of the woods until I was twelve.
High school was a number of questionable hair and fashion choices.
Did I think wearing a boy’s jacket made me look tough? I can’t recall why I loved that mouse pin, but I did.
I also fell in love with my first romance novel in high school. I don’t remember much about the actual story, just the amazing setting, a heart-stopping kiss, and a happily ever after. I knew this was my kind of book and long before I graduated, I knew I wanted to write these kinds of books for a living.
This guy also happened while I was in high school.
We were so young when we moved in together, it was practically against the law. I started my first romance and, fun fact, received my first rejection from Harlequin Presents at twenty-one. (‘Fun’ is an overstatement. Rejection sucks.)
Then this happened.
And this happened twice.
Another fun fact: Both of my newborns were over ten pounds. That’s not a misprint. Well the part where I call it ‘fun’ is another overstatement. The ten pounds is for real.
I wrote around my daughter and son and various office jobs. Rarely a day went by when I didn’t imagine myself quitting to write full time.
Eventually we moved here.
I thought my ship had come in. I was a stay-at-home writer for the first year, started writing for the local paper and concentrated on finishing manuscripts. When money got tight, I took a part-time job in yet another office. It turned into a fulltime job and I kept writing on the side, still hoping, dreaming, of someday writing full time.
I should mention that along the way, much like a gambling addict, I had just enough success to keep me going. I placed in several writing contests:
This is now indie published, but in 2002, Hustled To The Altar was a Golden Heart finalist and an American Title finalist. In 2008, I was notified that I was a runner up in the Instant Seduction contest with Mills & Boon in London. Four years later, they called to offer me a two-book contract. When my first Harlequin Presents came out, this happened:
Proof Of Their Sin won the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic TimesMagazine for Best First In Series. That's me with our daughter, Delainey. This is our young hero, Sam:
Since The Call, I¹ve pushed more than two dozen titles into the publishingstream at Harlequin, Tule, Champagne and indie releases. These are first-out-of-the-box editions of all the English and foreign author copies I've received to date:
And in October 2015, I became a USA Today Bestselling Author!