I’ve always loved books, always. At this moment, I currently own 1,342 books. Paper books, not digital. I think I learned to read when I was four. I’ll read anything that is engaging. Literary novels, romance, fantasy, young adult, mystery, thrillers; you name it, and I’ve probably read it. Then, one day when I was twenty-one, I finished reading Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts. I loved it. I didn’t want it to end. It had made me happy. And I realized, “Hey. I want to make other people feel like that.”
That was ten years ago. I started and stopped six different novels before I finished my first manuscript in 2008. I now have four finished manuscripts under my belt, one of which (a YA fantasy entitled Drive Back the Darkness) will be published in September 2012. The fourth manuscript (a contemporary YA) landed me my first agent, Michele Rubin of Writers House. Sadly, after 22 years in the business, Michele decided to leave. My new agent is Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency!
Also in the few years I have acquired a husband and a son. They are the joy of my life; I can’t imagine living without them. I get to be at home with the baby, and I get to have time to write. Life can’t get much better then this!
UPDATE: There’s a new baby on the way! Due date: Christmas Day 2012!