I grew up in New England surrounded by a lot of history and story telling by my father who was from the Mid-Coast of Maine. What I remember of my mother was her love of fairy tales, the wee people and poetry. So it’s no wonder I would one day write.
I actually started writing at a very young age, mostly poetry but I loved playing with words. I also loved books and before I even learned to read I would sit and pour over the books that had belonged to my mother. Works by writers such as Dante and Shakespeare filled the shelves. When I was about 6, I remember trying to read a first edition copy of Ivanhoe that belonged to her.
I have always expressed myself better on paper, I seem to stumble over words when I talk. It probably has to do with writing being in my blood. Louisa May Alcotts’s Grandmother’s maiden name was Bronson. That made Louisa a 2nd cousin to my Great grandfather. I found her when working on my Bronson Genealogy.
Always hearing history from my father gave me a very early love of that. I also went with him on jobs, he was a carpenter and he did a lot of work at Strawberry Bank in Portsmouth, NH and the surrounding historic homes so I was always near by, looking and absorbing the atmosphere.
All that translated into me getting into genealogy and working on both family histories in the early 80s-90s. I also helped with research for Historical Societies and family histories. This would lay the foundation for research for my books.
Fast forward to the late 90s I moved from New Hampshire to Texas to go to linguistics school . Then onto Cambodia for 11+ years. Many of those years were tumultuous . For a woman who hated heat and spiders I got a full dose but I loved the people and their culture. I learned some about the Ancient Khmer from Chandler’s “A History of Cambodia”. He worked at the Embassy in the early 90s when it was just a mission.
Again fast forward to 2009 my son Brendan Moriarty called and asked me to write a book about the Kings of Angkor. His idea at that point I couldn’t grasp. I said no. Not to be deterred he would wait a bit but in the very early spring of 2010 he asked me to do some research, knowing how well I loved to do just that… he said he needed it for his movie idea for The Kings of Angkor… Before we got done I said I not only wanted to do research for him I wanted to write the book. What he wanted and what I envisioned was a lot different but that was fine with him.
So began my writing career… well not entirely. I had started a novel back in Cambodia that Brendan later titled “The Lioness”. It’s still collecting dust but maybe some day I will pull it out and brush it off.
I finished “The Kings of Angkor: Army of a Thousand Elephants” and it was published by Dorrance Publishing in 2012. A year later, 2013 I self- published “One Thousand Years to Forever : The Making of a Queen”, The first of My Beloved Vampire Series. November 2013 it’s sequel “I’ve Been Waiting for You” came out.
Which brings me to up to date.
February 2014, I am editing the 3rd in My Beloved Vampire Series. Its title is “Redemption at Midnight”. Somewhere towards the end, another vampire showed up and begging to have his own story along with his own HEA. So I also just finished a prequel/novella titled “The Witchling Grows Up” Both of these will be out the first part of this year.
I have the 2nd in The Kings of Angkor in the first stages of writing and research, which needs a lot. I was able to visit for the very first time at Angkor Wat in2013 and all its temples last year , giving me a better understanding of those magnificent temples and the people who built them. I have two other works on the back burner that will require a lot of research. One is a mystery with a lot of history and the other a sweeping WWII era novel.
When I am not writing, I read. Of course I love Romance but can’t read the same genre that I write so I read mysteries, memoirs and history… I love history, especially Medieval and WWII.
I don’t generally watch TV but I love Downton Abbey.
My favorite authors… Mmmm, well let me see. Jane Austen, the late Elizabeth Peters, LM Montgomery, Loretta Chase, J.R.Ward , Sharon Kay Penman and Pamela Kaufman to name a few that come to mind.
What do I do when I am not writing? I am a mother of seven, four still at home. I have a home filled with pets, four dogs and six cats. I write seven days a week.
My job that allows me to write full times is being a part-time, paid call Fire Fighter for my town. I went through training and classes back when I was 50 & 51 to become FF 1 & 2 certified. Thankfully my husband is very supportive and sees how much I love to write. He helps out when he can as my assistant.
So that is a bit out this author. I love hearing from my readers so please connect with me either here or on my author page on Facebook.
Update: Now that Redemption at Midnight is out I am working on revisions to my next project to be out in June 2014, titled The Witchling Grows Up. That is a Prequel/Novella to a new series that is coming from My Beloved Vampire Series. Also My other book that was published by Dorrance is waiting to come home to mama so to speak. Once I get my rights back, I will be re-issuing The Kings of Angkor, with a brand new inside and a wonderful new cover.
Enjoy!! Now back to writing!!
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Emma Brewster: Too Hot To Handle
Emma Brewster is a Fire Starter Witch. She apparently is the first that can't control her powers and it's always because of a handsome guy.
Cas O'Halloran has moved to Cadwell Harbor to get away from big city life. Ever since moving here and meeting that beautiful redhead there have been a lot of fires. Now to find out why and more about that redhead who makes him feel alive when he touches her.
The Witchling Grows Up
Dylan Pendragon is not what she appears to be. She lookes like a twenty something, hippy, new-age follower… When in fact she was a ninety year old witchling from one of the oldest families connected with witch craft.
Justice a 7000 year old Vampire has had a vision from the Goddess and it's Dylan. He is given Dylan, to protect her from the Dark One.Can he do that and not fall in love?
Redemption at Midnight
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bella is the only daughter of former Vampire King, Cormac O’Heachthanna. She spent the first four hundred years or so in peace, and love with her brother Colum & father until WWII.
Brent O’ Hara has been a Marine for almost half his life. He lived to go to battle, until one faithful day.
They come together when they both need healing and love the most. Will they find that before it's too late?
I've Been Waiting for You
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
The year is 2010 and Odin Mac Muchada is assigned to watch the daughter of future Queen of their kind. Her name is Sally MacNamara . Odin knew from the moment he laid eyes on her, that she was his… he would wait another two years to tell her, “I’ve been Waiting for You.”
Here is the explosive sequel to “One Thousand Years to Forever” The twist, and turns will leave you breathless.
One Thousand Years to Forever
(4.80 from 10 reviews)
Colum O'Heachthanna is a warrior prince from Ireland, been around for most of the years mankind has. He is also a Vampire. All these years he has been without his mate. Katherine MacNamara will meet the one who has loved her for a thousand years but it will be the day that she loses her husband in the terror attacks. What she does touches off a chain of events that will decide her destiny.
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