My love is storytelling, and I come at that from a few angles. I’m the author of the historical romantic suspense Willoughby Family series, and I’m also a marketing professional of twenty years, with proven success in helping turn companies perceived as local businesses into attention-grabbing global brands. Those dual passions have helped me see the crossovers between fiction writing and marketing, and my website is dedicated to sharing those findings.
It began with a No. 2 Pencil
I wrote my first story at the age of the six.
I remember the feel of the pencil in my hand (number 2, of course) as I dropped it on my white princess desk and ran out of the room, finished story in my small fingers like it was the holy grail. That visceral feeling was euphoria, only I didn’t know it then. I also didn’t know how impactful it would be or that the dream of being a writer would stay with me for life. I couldn’t have known that dream would take me in so many directions…
A Career in Marketing is a natural compliment (really).
I took a very long-winded detour on my path to being The Greatest Novelist Ever. (My exact dream at age 8, I believe. Of course, then, the greatest novelist I knew was Dr. Seuss and…well, he’s still pretty great.) That detour dropped me into a full time career in marketing and design, which developed into another full grown passion of mine.
I’ve had the joy of designing book covers (and winning an award) and websites for publishers and authors, as well as a full time career I love in marketing for a technology company. (Xero. Check it out. If you have a small business, it will help you get your finances on track.)
I’m a believer that we can love and pursue more than one passion: for me, it’s the combination of a marketing career and a writing career that fulfill me. I don’t think I have to choose.
My Journey as a Writer
When I finally decided to finish a book, I looked to my favorites for inspiration. One of my favorite authors was Judith McNaught, so I decided to write in the era she did. My first book, Something About Her, definitely has that “fairy tale” aura about it.
Little did I know how much I would come to love the research involved in digging up the skeletons in people’s lives and their hearts — the good, the bad and the ugly. I had discovered a love of suspense (which truly shouldn’t have surprised me, given I spent an entire Speech class in college giving speeches on the Death Penalty, Teenage Murders and other similarly deadly topics. You could say my fellow classmates gave me a wide berth.)
But one day after I’d started with my historical romantic suspense series (The Willoughby Family series), my husband and I were having a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to kill someone and hide a body. (Doesn’t everyone discuss this over steak and potatoes?) They all came up with sure-fire plots to land them in jail. And after I was finished coming up with my plot (involving chopping body parts), the room had gotten very quiet.
It was an epiphany. While I have a big drive to always find a silver-lining in life (hence the happy endings I love in romance), it would likely be because I’m driving under the clouds looking for a place to hide the body in the trunk. It’s an odd mix, I know —Pollyanna meets the “Oh My God, what did she just do?” But I’ve learned to write what fascinates me. Stories in the making that I hope you will enjoy.
When I’m Not Writing or Working…
Writing is a solitary business, but I’m fortunate to have a husband who is my rock, my chef extraordinaire, first draft editor, my sounding board and the business side of my creative brain—and ultimately, my best friend. He’s the true stuff romantic heroes should be made of. We live in Northern California with our son and a 90 pound laptop named Cooper.