Hi friends! Here's a little about me.
I grew up in Northern Michigan – Manistee Lake in Kalkaska County, and later Traverse City – so naturally I use that area as the setting for most of my stories. Now living in Southern California, I followed my husband John to Australia twice when he worked on both Happy Feet movies. That's where I earned my MA in Creative Writing at University of Technology, Sydney. Great place to go to school!
Multiple moves, several career changes, and over twenty years of waking up next to my handsome college sweetheart have proven that romance doesn’t die, it just gets funnier!
So no matter what I write, there's always at least a little bit of humor and a little bit of romance. I started out with my chick-lit book, Little Miss Lovesick. It's set entirely in Traverse City and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. At the request of several readers, I went back and added in real Traverse City stores and restaurants to make it more fun to read. If you've ever been there (it's a major vacation spot, you should go!), you'll recognize lots of places where Sydney and Matt hang out. Readers have asked if there are more books coming in this series. Well, since you asked, I'll try to get some more written for you!
After Lovesick, I had an idea for a story about superheroes. It morphed into the superhero urban fantasy series, the Adventures of Lewis and Clarke. The series is about Tori Lewis and how she comes to realize she has a crazy ability that defies explanation – unless you believe in superheroes. Which Tori doesn't. That is didn't. Until she married Joe Clarke and found out he is a superhero!
Readers can begin with the free short story prequel, “Superhero in Disguise,” where Tori and Joe meet on Halloween. Then I tell the story of how they got married on Christmas Eve in A Very Merry Superhero Wedding. The official book one is Unexpected Superhero, and that's where the real action begins – Tori finally finds out about her power and has to decide what to do about it. If you've been to Traverse City, you'll recognize some of “Double Bay, Michigan” – although I had to make Traverse City much bigger and badder. Haha!
The second book in the series, Superhero in the Making, was about halfway done when John got in a motorcycle accident in the spring of 2014. By the time he didn't need my help anymore and I could get back to work (I'm not the kind of person who can write when I'm emotionally wrecked), I just couldn't open that file again. That's when I wrote A Very Merry Superhero Wedding for Christmas 2014. Then I had to do some things for money to pay those medical bills (I bet you know what I mean), and by then I'd pitched another book to an editor who wanted to see it. So I'll get back to Superhero in the Making soon, I promise.
I've got several other stories in the works as well. In addition to more books to go with Lovesick and more superhero books, I'm writing a series of small town romantic comedies called The Strays of Loon Lake. Each book, starting with Love at the Fluff and Fold, has a stray man and a stray dog rescued by love. These stories are terribly fun and I can't wait to get them out to you. If you want to read just a taste from this series, I wrote a short story about a couple who meet in Loon Lake due to the first appearance of the stray border collie, Chip. It's called “Rescue at Loon Lake” and it can be found in the anthology, Moonlit Encounters.
Oh! And before I forget to tell you – if you like audiobooks, Little Miss Lovesick and Unexpected Superhero are both available as full-length audiobooks at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Actress Catherine Gaffney is a great narrator! If you'd leave a review on Audible, that would really help me out, and help other audiobook listeners know if these are stories they would enjoy. Thanks in advance!
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