Hi Everyone! As a new contributor to this blog, I want to thank the ABM authors for bringing me on board. It’s a thrill to be part of such a warm and talented community.
By way of introduction, here are some details about my background and books. I’ve been writing since grade school, but never really thought about letting anyone read it, much less trying to get it published. That is, until my children were born, when I decided to write a bedtime story for them, and maybe even try to sell it. It started as a fairy tale (20-something pages long) about a young princess who didn’t know she was also a sorceress. But it didn’t stop there, because somewhere along the line, I realized I was actually writing a bigger book about a modern-day heroine who had heard this bedtime story from her grandmother and who – yes, you guessed it – didn’t realize that she was actually a descendant of the princess and a sorceress in her own right. Even more amazing, a charismatic warrior and an ancient sorcerer have both been searching for her for years.
In other words, it turned into a fantasy novel with strong romantic elements. The market for such stories was tough back then (almost twenty years ago) so I tried my hand at a time travel romance, and ended up selling it along with its sequel. Those two paperbacks – Timeless and Time Weaver – are being re-released as e-books from Samhain Publishing. Timeless is a March release (the 19th, just a couple of days after St. Patrick’s Day).
Back in my paperback days, I showed my first editor the bedtime/fantasy story, and she urged me to make the romance more prominent. After that, Kensington released it as A Dream Apart and A Dream Embraced (so in other words, my first book became my third and fourth published books). By then, I was hooked on writing for publication, and since then, I’ve written historical romance and science fiction as well as some spy stories for the now-defunct Bombshell line.
In the meantime, my children kept growing, and when they started school, I went back to work as a lawyer, and learned to juggle like crazy. Wife, mom, author, attorney – I’ve truly had the luck of the Irish, haven’t I?
I hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day! See you again in April.