Born and raised in small-town, rural Indiana, I now live in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona with an intimidatingly smart and devastatingly handsome husband and two hyperactively cute and talented sons who will one day be Earth’s Overlords (never underestimate the power of Legos). I enjoy cooking, traveling, gardening, sewing, quilting, and embroidery but only when I’m in the right mood and seldom concurrently (I’m kind of streaky when it comes to hobbies). I adore reading and writing in the same way that I love breathing and eating, gaining a similar nourishment from each.
About My Stories…
While agonizing over coming up with a personal tagline with some incredibly creative and generous romance-writers, I began to examine what my buckshot-diverse, genre-spanning work might possibly have in common. And the thread I was able to tease out of the tapestry, so to speak, was the theme of the taboo relationship. I’m drawn to and fascinated by the relationship that shouldn’t work but somehow does… and the quirky personalities that miraculously manage to extract happiness from apparent dysfunction.
In all the stories I’ve written, my main characters become involved in a relationship (romantic or platonic) that, on the surface, most of us would shy away from. You know, the kind of relationship that your mother, sister, and best friends warn you about, the kind people lament in sad or angry songs, the kind self-help books rail against, or the kind that society in general might condemn. Red flags abound! Misgivings galore! What in the world is he or she thinking!?
But despite such knee-jerk judgments around them, my characters consistently (albeit after much frustration and introspection) come to recognize the core of goodness within their otherwise maladjusted or maligned partners. They see the shining potential largely obscured by all the warning signs. They believe that destiny isn’t written in stone, believe in the power to overcome personal faults and awful circumstances, and decide to trust their hearts and/or instincts. Throwing caution to the wind and ignoring all that “good” advice, they find their HEA (Happily Ever After).
Hence, Taboo… with a twist!