I became a writer at a young age, but my moment of enlightenment came after watching the movie You’ve Got Mail. It was then that I realized my place in life and I happily parked my butt on romance. My dream was to create sexy vixens, hunky, half naked heroes, and above all, romance; lots and lots of butterflies in the belly, breathless first kisses and happily-ever-afters.
So here I am pounding my tired little fingers away on a keyboard in a cluttered office with nothing but black pepper flavored sunflower seeds and Visine as my weapons for mass-romance-novel-creation. When my fingers need a break, you will find me at a table with friends, drinking a few martinis and showing off a new pair of heels. I am usually the loudest at the table and most often snorting with laughter.
Another passion of mine is cooking. Because I love everything about food—cooking it, smelling it, eating it—I always incorporate food into my writing. I can’t help it, I kind of have a one-track mind. It’s the product of growing up with a Polish grandma who spent most of her time in the kitchen singing her face off while cooking everything with butter, and having a Filipino mother, who loves to feed me and always makes my favorite Asain dishes in abundance. Talk about cultural diversity!
My husband is my muse, he just doesn’t know it. Much of the humor in my books can be attributed to him, and I constantly find myself rushing to my office or the nearest scrap of paper to jot down something he’s said. We have a good thing going—I never tell him how to restore his cars, and he never complains about my shoe obsession. We are blessed with three beautiful kids who keep us grounded and on our toes at all times.
During the summer you will almost always find me lying out in the hot Nebraska sun at my parents’ place, Tin Man Airboats, where the river is their backyard. There, I can kick back with my loud, obnoxious family around a campfire with a couple of beers. Family is very important to me. My sisters are my best friends and have always been my biggest cheerleaders. I am grateful for their love and support and consider myself very lucky to have them in my life.
Please stick around and visit my Excerpts page to see what I’ve been writing—I promise to make you smile! Thanks for stopping by.