I was born on
the Jersey Shore and lived there until my teens when my family moved
to Florida. I raised two children in The Sunshine State, and they
have, in turn, given me two beautiful grandchildren.
The urge to write was a vague itch for a long time.
Unlike a lot of authors, I didn't start scribbling stories about
bunny rabbits in my early years. It was more of an “I read so much I
don't know why I can't write” kind of thing.
Then my son-in-law bought me a new computer on which I
spent many happy hours playing golf. One day, he said if he'd known
I was just going to use it to play games, he'd have bought me an
Atari. Kind of embarrassing, really.
I went to sleep that night with his words ringing in my
ears. They rang so loudly, they woke me up at 3:00 am with the idea
for a novel fully formed in my head. I fired up the computer,
started writing, and Ariana's Pride was born … or at least
Four months of intense writing day and night, when I
wasn't at the day job, and the first draft was finished. Two months
later, the second draft was finished and I sent it out for proofing.
Then came the rounds of rejections followed by the decision to be
content with the fact that I'd done it. I'd written a novel that I
was proud of.
Ariana sat on a floppy disk for a long time until I
discovered the Kindle. Then the idea came to publish it myself. With
the help of Jeff Hepple of Elisco Publishing, my dream became a
reality. Within the first month of publication, Ariana's Pride
rose as high as #444 in the Kindle Store.
From Ariana's Pride
came Catherine and the Captain.
Then I thought I would take a break from medieval England and try my
hand at shorter stories with a lot of emotional depth. The results
are Of Love and War
and Only In My Dreams.
My love of historical fiction/romance began with the
Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon. Then I read Catherine by Anya
Seton and I was hooked on the Lancasters.
My favorite author is
Susan Howatch, both her historical fiction and series on the Church
of England. My favorite series is Harry Potter and my favorite book
is Outlander by Diana