When I was a kid, I had a very ordinary name. In fact, it was so ordinary that there were other people using my name! Well that wasn’t going to do! Fortunately, a fellow camp counselor decided she was going to rename me and I became Casey Martin/Clark/D’Elia/Young/Dawes…..Oh well. Danielle Steele once wrote a romance about a woman who had five marriages. It happens.
Especially if you don’t know how to love yourself and you fall for…well…men with issues. But it’s all good, because it gives me lots of material to write about .
Now that I’ve finally gotten it right, I’ve moved back to Montana with my love. I live right on the Clark Fork River where I get to watch the birds, fox, neighbor dog and deer play during the day. I have my own “woman cave” for my writing, quilting and daydreaming. Between us, we have three grown boys, three stepchildren, seven grandchildren and two cats who think they own the joint.
People frequently ask where I’ve lived. In chronological order — New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Michigan, Montana (in a town with 350 year-round residents), New York City (42nd and 9th to be exact), Pennsylvania, California, and back to Montana. Yes. I like Montana best. I feel like my soul is complete again.
My current first story takes place in California, with a Montana connection. Because I’ve done a great many things (if only in my mind), my characters have a variety of occupations. What, you ask? I’ve got a Masters degree from the University of Michigan in theater. Which totally explains why I spent 25+ years in the tech industry — right? I’ve taught college and junior high school, worked in the theater, been a life and business coach (my current occupation), written books on wineries (research was fun on that one) and technical books. I love to reinvent myself!
I’m in love with love in all its forms, which is why I’ve finally settled into the romance genre. Watching someone grow and change as they adapt to another person’s characteristics is interesting. It took me a long time to learn, but I finally know you have to love yourself first before you can find the love of your life.
That’s one of the lessons the heroine of my first novel, California Sunset, has to learn. There are, of course, others. I look forward to hearing your reaction when it comes out.
And, of course, I’d love to receive your comments and thoughts about romance and how it has played into your own life.