I began writing as a child and cut my teeth on Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, and Alexandre Dumas. Even then I was a warped romantic and found a kinky passion in Poe's writing. I moved on to Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught, and Bertrice Small. As my life experience grew so did my reading tastes and I found I loved the authors who pushed the romantic envelope; Mary Balogh's A Precious Jewel comes to mind.
I love the outdoors and have hiked the Grand Canyon three times. Gardening continues to be my muse and listening to my pond's waterfall sets the mood for day dreaming which easily turns to writing.
At age twelve a boy across campus was pointed out to me and I instantly fell in love. Four years later he finally took notice and became the love of my life. I tend to write "love at first sight" because I live it. My teenage heartthrob and I live in the Southwest United States with our Rottweiler and Chihuahua. They have us well trained and we obey all commands.
I love books, chick flicks, coffee, chocolate, and wine. The order depends on my mood.