For those interested in the details, I live in sunny Arizona with my husband, a tiny black dog named Cookie, and two kitties, Cocoa and Skittles. I’m also a former graphic designer, jewelery designer, frustrated home decorator, (too many partially finished projects in my home to be anything but frustrated) mother, grandmother, blogger, avid reader, and of course, writer. I’ve written reams of ad and technical copy and published three short stories, the latter being much more exciting than the former. I’m also a founding member and assistant organizer for the Arizona Novel Writer’s Workshop http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Writers-Workshop-com/. It’s a great group of writers, so check us out.
Though I’ve alway enjoyed writing, my inspiration to write a novel came about after I had spent a good portion of the summer cleaning out my late Mother-In-Law’s ancient house in the mountains of Northern Virginia. She had been a hoarder and the quantity and variety of things we found in her house and barn was enough to make your brain explode. And just to make things even more interesting… the house had enough poltergeist activity to drive me nuts.
Yeah, I’m one of those people. I believe in the spiritual world. I’ve experienced too much not to. I don’t carry it to the extreme. I don’t hold seances, play around with Ouija boards or go ghost hunting. I figure if those who have passed want to get in touch with me, they’ll find me without any outside help. I don’t have a need to understand exactly how it all works, but our connection to the universe, before and after physical death, fascinates me.
In keeping with that fascination, I found the combination of history, hoarding and preternatural activity irresistible, and I used my Mother-In-Law’s house as the setting for my still unpublished first novel, Keeping Secrets. I went on to write two historical romances, The Devil’s Own Luck and The Bewitching Hour. You can find both titles on Amazon. The Tattooed Angel, a time-travel that takes place in 17th century Cornwall, England will be out before the end of 2014.