I am married to the most amazing man! We have four children, a beautiful son and three gorgeous daughters. Missoula, Montana is home. At the base of the mountains we see deer and fox out our windows. We love to watch the storms roll in over the hills.
We own our own business and some days relish the wild times of corralling a 19 year old, a ten year old, a six year old and a 19 month old into the daily routines. And sometimes we’d like to run and hide.
My secret passion…I love to dance. I love to drift around my kitchen in the arms of my husband to the tune of a George Strait song. While my son dips his head in mock aloofness, my daughters look to see how it’s done and my tiny one claps—yay Mommy!
The one thing about myself that I would never change is my determination. I never give up, nor do I take no for an answer.
My family and I love to travel. The oceans are a favorite stop. If I had to move, there’s this small town on the edge of the Oregon coast. Depoe Bay. I’ve spent many, many hours there reading and writing and watching the ocean. There is something very magical about settling into a place that isn’t yours, but feels as if it could be.
In a way I suppose that I do write where I live. Or I write where I have lived. I was born in North Carolina and have lived many places across the United States, even ended up in Eugene, Oregon for a time. But, mostly I create the world my characters need in order to struggle and to thrive.
Why I write romance novels…I think life is a romance novel. I think we all want that spark—that heat. I think we want that relationship where we can look across the table, the yard, the pool, the street and know that the person we see is the other half of our soul. I think that’s what we search for. I know that’s why I write what I do.
Besides writing romance novels, I’m a poet. I love to play with words. I love how they mold and form and take the shape I urge them to.
The one thing from my book that I take from personal experience…I was a professional barrel racer for years. I went to college in Colorado. So it was natural for me to pull from my life to form Kate’s.
The best part of writing is that when I am seated with only my imagination and my pen and paper, anything is possible. I can do and be and create anything. I get to be anyone! Believe anything and change the world many times over.
The worst part of writing: …I really hate it when I have to go to bed!
The Wanting Heart is released, today! In it a barrel racer gets swept off her feet by a serial killer.
My next book, Judge Thyself First, is about a profiler teaming up with an investigative reporter to uncover the truth about a 20 year old murder at an Alabama prison.
I have loved introducing myself a little. Thank you for spending some time in my world with me.
Dear, Ladies in Red, you are wonderful and beautiful. I am so proud to count myself as one of you.
All the Best,
I’d be pleased if you would share what you see out your window.