I was born in the 1950s in a small town in Iowa, and grew up there living a ‘Beaver Cleaver existence’ (as described by one friend). Riding bikes to the swimming pool, fishing in farm ponds, popcorn on the courthouse lawn while listening to the local band playing, square dancing in the intersection outside the library. A typical, Midwestern existence.
In 2003 I read my first romance novel and was startled that this genre existed. It was something I’d never encountered, even with degrees in British and American fiction. I immediately decided this was the genre for me. But there was a problem: the books I read all featured young heroines, interested in starting a family and having babies(it seems like babies just about always figured into it someplace). This was not a group of people I could relate to. They were very spunky, and courageous, and all that jazz but the whole baby thing — nope.
So I started writing about older women, with some age on ’em, who are interested in men, and sex, and having a good relationship (which may or may not include a marriage). I’m also very interested in writing about men who’ve spent time in Vietnam, during the war. That’s an untapped wound in America’s psyche that I don’t think has been explored nearly enough. I know so many people who were affected by the war — I know I was affected by it, very deeply. How are those men faring today, as they face retirement and the other stresses that all Baby Boomers are facing? Now those are people I want to read about and write about.
That’s when I started writing romantic suspense, with an occasional side-track into my first love, Sci-Fi/alternate America. I have a long-running, never-ending saga about a post-apocalyptic America that I keep returning to, working on it when I get frustrated with our current society, laws, and politics. It’s so much fun to create a world where I can kill off a large amount of the population and restructure the remaining society into what I think will work. It’s very cathartic.
Thirty of my books have found a home so far, with contracts for several more and a few waiting to be submitted (yes, I’m prolific). Speaking of home, mine is in Iowa. I’m married to a very talented glass artist and we have assorted animals who live with us, and who make regular appearances in my books under various pseudonyms (they know who they are).