I create characters that I want to know in real life. I absorb their personalities and when their story is finished I walk out of their lives with a piece of them still living inside me. My life has been enriched by the fictional characters I've known.
I have been writing fiction and romance novels since the early 80s. I enjoy getting to know the characters that travel through me. It's kind of funny, but I learn a lot about life from my characters.
I like to write stories about people falling in love, and often write stories involving married couples whose love is tested. I get inspired by my own characters when they survive difficult circumstances and fall back in love. It reminds me that love is fragile but also resilient. Most surprising is how strong love can feel after its most challenging moments.
My stories often include a military or legal theme because I'm a military veteran (and also a military brat, and wife) plus, I have a law degree.
I've been fortunate enough to live in England and Germany, and eight different American states. I've also had a varied professional career working in the medical field, the legal field, education... and years ago, I was a waitress.... so I have a lot of life experience that falls into my writing.
My husband and I have three children and a growing number of grandchildren which keeps us pretty busy. When I have down time I like to garden, swim, ski, and run. I also enjoy family time, dancing and making wine with my husband, hanging with my children, and playing with my grandchildren.
This fictional tale, inspired by the author’s military service in the seventies is a love story as much as it is a military story about women in basic in the early years of co-ed training. Katie is a naive girl married to a musician who is a Vietnam veteran. Kris is a peace activist who sings anti-war songs as often as he sings love songs. When Katie enlists in the army it changes everything.
A love story inside a love story. Mary and Ian met as military brats and became high school sweethearts before they were forced to part ways. Reunited as adults, they are now happily married attorneys. Jenny and Ricky, Ian's cognitively impaired daughter and her similarly impaired boyfriend are getting married. A romantic comedy that looks at love and marriage and extended family relationships.
Childhood sweethearts, forced to part in high school due to a parent’s military orders, unexpectedly meet again as adult attorneys and fondly reminisce growing up in the seventies. As they represent opposing parties in a civil lawsuit, they rekindle their lost love while navigating new obstacles that threaten their happily ever after reunion. This is the first book in the Second Chance series.
An old fashioned Irish immigrant with an unwavering sense of honor, accused of murder, is intent on being convicted and sentenced for the wrong he has committed. His contemporary, American attorney isn't about to let that happen. Tension grows between them while romantic sparks draw them closer. Awarded Bronze/3rd Place in the 2020 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program - Romance category.