I’m an author of contemporary romance, represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
I write romance books that are heartwarming, humorous, and sometimes a little sexy. And they are as much about the heroine’s journey to find herself and her place in life as they are about the romance.
In 2013, I won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award® for a story that became This Thing Called Love, my first novel, a small town romance about a woman on the career fast track who suddenly finds herself the mother of an infant – and back in her home town, face-to-face with her old love. The Golden Heart contest changed my life forever and put me on the amazing rollercoaster ride of being a published author. Luckily, the name of that first book got changed, as the initial title was Baby on Board! Help!, a title my husband thought of minutes before I had to hit the Send button. Imagine that title being called out in front of 2000 people at the National Romance Writers of America conference. Yikes!
My latest series (Angel Falls) is a small town romance series with Grand Central’s Forever Romance line. These are more heartwarming and humorous stories, heavy on family and relationships, and very much about the heroine’s figuring out her own place in life.
In 2021, I’ll have books releasing with Forever and with the Entangled Amara line. I’m very excited to bring you both of these series!
I write romance because I love stories about the experience of being human, and love is the universal experience we all share. I also love stories that have happy endings and make me laugh (and maybe ugly-cry too). I hope my stories make you laugh a little, too.
For about five years before writing contemporary romance, I wrote Regency and early Victorian historical romance (those stories are still under my bed and probably will be forever, as there’s a reason they weren’t published)😊but I still love to read historical romance. I hold a masters degree in Literature and read widely across many genres. I love Jane Austen and am a total John Keats fan girl! I’m always reading multiple books going at once and almost never go anywhere without my phone/kindle/a book. My favorite books are ones that hit you right in the heart. And make me laugh. Sad book, unhappy ending–um, no thanks. Well, maybe for good discussion purposes. Maybe.
I am a proud member of my local RWA chapter, the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, which mentored me on my journey as a writer and brought me lifelong writer friends. I live in Northeast Ohio with my husband and three kids, who are all in their twenties now!
If I’m not writing or reading, I’m probably biking in our beautiful Northern Ohio MetroParks, or watching The Bachelor with my girlfriends (and complaining about what a trashy show it is!).
I really love older homes and live in an interesting neighborhood full of them. Most of my characters tend to live in unique places for this reason! My husband and I spent nine years renovating a lovely home built in the 1930’s, but then we went and built a new one…and made it look old, with as many of the architectural and historical elements as we could afford. My dream is to one day own a little Victorian house, but my husband rolls his eyes at that and reminds me that there are no mice in my nice first-floor laundry room, as there were in our last home (which had a very creepy basement).🙂
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