I am an author, advertising copywriter, playwright, video editor, mother, wife and intellectual equestrienne (that means I love them more in spirit than I actually ride them these days) As a writer, I take my passions–horses, France, cooking, travel, and writing–and put them in my books.
Because of my background as a military dependent, I have a restless nature and tend to move about frequently. (I’ve lived in over 40 addresses so far.) No doubt because of that, every one of my books involves a protagonist (usually an everyday, average woman who soon learns what strength and courage she’s capable of under the right circumstances) who is dropped into a foreign environment. In keeping with my fascination with the theme of a stranger attempting to function in a strange land I’ve happily moved into the area of time travel, which is, after all, the ultimate in foreign environments.
I suppose I’m intrigued by those parts of our personalities that we need in order to assimilate into a new place or situation. Having done it so many times throughout my childhood–new base, new billet, new schools– I find I long for the charge of excitement that a new situation offers. (I’ve read that adult ex-military dependents can go one of two ways–either they’re determined after all the moving around to stay in one spot or, like me, they can’t stay still.) In any case, I find using my fiction to fulfill my desire to be someplace exotic (i.e different) helps keep me from hammering FOR SALE signs in the front yard every six months. And for that, my husband–who doesn’t have the same level of wanderlust that I do–is immensely grateful.
I hope you like the books and that you drop me a line from time to time…