Biography

Biography

I was born and raised in Maryland, and I received a BS in Biology from Towson University. When not writing fantasy romance, I enjoy reading anything I can find, singing in local choruses, and hiking in nearby parks.

I have been a prodigious reader since I first realized reading could be fun rather than an excruciating exercise centered on pronunciation and grammar. I enjoy romance, fantasy, mystery, and literature. Some of my favorite authors include Jane Austen, David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, Jayne Ann Krentz (in all of her incarnations), Patricia C. Wrede, Cindy Holbrook, Elizabeth Peters, Baroness Orczy, and Anne Bishop.

As a great reader, writing stories followed almost as a matter of course. When I couldn’t sleep, I would tell myself bedtime stories, often related to whatever I was reading. Over time, I began creating my own stories to lull myself asleep (which quickly became counterproductive) and liked them so much I began to write them. I enjoy creating witty and quirky characters who discover love, especially when they least expect it or against their better judgment.

Coming from a musical family (except my parents, it skipped a generation), I have always loved music. I have sang in various choirs and am currently a member of The Choral Arts of Society of Frederick. I also play the violin and piano rather badly because, like Elizabeth Bennet, I fail to practice. I listen to almost any type of music–but not all at once!

An erstwhile Girl Scout and Biology major, I enjoy getting back to nature by hiking and camping. In fact, hiking is the only “sport” I enjoy, although I always wear high hiking boots because I am such a klutz, I would sprain my ankle if I didn’t.

One of the reasons I became a Biology major was because I love animals. My favorite animal is the cat (I recall begging my parents for one since I could talk). I also volunteered for a wildlife rehabilitation center and a zoo, so I like birds as well. I’m not ecstatic about dogs–but a mop dog bit me when I was five.

In addition to reading books, I enjoy watching televsion and movies. I like evening tv dramas, particularly crime shows. My favorite tv show is “Murder, She Wrote,” but if Jessica Fletcher came to town, I would avoid her like the black plague, so I wouldn’t become her latest murder mystery. I also like movies, especially historical films or romantic comedies–I can never decide if I like “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) or “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (1934) better.