~History buff, Francophile, and a hopeless romantic that demands an HEA—Breathing life into Romance!~
With fond childhood memories of reading on quiet afternoons, I loved the "happily ever after" sweet teen romances, but I quickly plunged into the world of historical romance—my get-away-from-real-life transporter. After getting my BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois, my writing career slowly began. My first novel took fifteen years to write--the second took 2 months. 20 years later, I’m living my dream. With five published novels and several more in my head, I have years of work ahead of me.
At the moment, I can’t decide which sub-genre is my favorite to write. My first love is historical romance—three of my six regencies in the Pure Escapades series, Pure of Heart, Pure Temptation, and Pure Enchantment, are now available, and the fourth, Pure Captivation, is due in the winter of 2018-19. In 2016, I released my first YA novel, Spirit of the Northwoods, for my autistic son, hoping to spread awareness about the daily struggles that a person with special needs endures. And, in January 2017, I released my first romantic suspense set in the Upper Peninsula--Silence the Northwoods. I’m currently working on the next romantic suspense in my Northwoods Trilogy, Silence the Waters, due in the summer of 2018. Along with a number of contemporaries that have popped into my head, I’d love to try my hand at a YA sweet romance series in the future.
I grew up in Peoria, Illinois, transferring all over the state as my husband pursued his medical degree. We settled in Mt. Vernon, Illinois for fifteen years until transferring to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the long winters, I plot and scheme my next book, and in the mild summers, my family and I spend every waking moment we can hiking and kayaking our breathtaking home. Living fifteen miles from the shores of Lake Superior, my muse is often piqued by the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds me. I’ve found peace in the Northwoods, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.