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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Jamestown, NY, but I was raised in Southern California. My mother was a homemaker, and my father was a machinist. There were five natural born children, plus my parents raised my father's three younger siblings, so you can imagine there wasn't much money for extra-curricular activities. I busied myself with with gymnastics and lots! of reading. I had a vivid imagination and would spend hours reading. My mother loved to read, also, so she and I would sit in the living room and read away.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first rough draft (Coveting Love) when I was in my late twenties, but my first stories were told to my children during long car rides home from work and often at bedtime. They loved the stories and would beg for them. I didn't get the courage to try to publish anything until my youngest child became old enough to read adult fiction. That was sometime in my forties. She was helping me clean out my closest and found my manuscript stuffed back in the corner. She wasn't aware that I had ever written anything and begged to read it. To my surprise, she loved it and encouraged me to do something with it. I dedicated that novel to her.