My earliest Christmas memory is of opening a huge box full of books and tapes. I remember how excited I was to see all those beautiful books (fairy tales mostly) and couldn’t wait to pop the tapes in and listen while I turned the pages. My mom tells me I was two years old at the time. And I’ve been reading anything I can get my hands on ever since.
My first romances were Victoria Holt’s gothic romances. Sweeping moors, mysterious and spooky old manors, handsome gentleman (always with dangerous secrets) and the intelligent but often overlooked heroines who loved them…I loved these stories with their intense, heart-gripping romances, all shrouded in mystery and danger. These stories got into my blood. I absolutely loved traveling back in time and experiencing new eras and places with each new book.
I read every historical I could – the era didn’t matter. Stories set in Regency England, Ancient Egypt, the Viking North, Imperial Russia, medieval Europe, Civil War America….I devoured them all. I even ended up majoring in History (with a minor in English), and later on got a masters degree in English. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do more than combine my love of history with my love of writing.
I like my heroines feisty and intelligent and my heroes with a hint of bad-boy to them. And of course, my early experiences with the genre still make me crave a hearty helping of danger and mystery with my romance stories.
In To Trust a Thief, Min and Bryant must find a legendary necklace before a murderous, corrupt lord gets to it…or them. My Blood Blade Sisters series follows a trio of bandit sisters as they battle crooked sheriffs, smuggling rings, shady politicians, and the KKK. In Wish Upon a Star, Ceri and Jason try to rekindle their love…while being chased by zombies 😀 And in my upcoming Romancing the Rum Runner, Jessie and Tony are pitted against prohibition agents and rival bootleggers bent on murder and mayhem.
I tell ya…there’s nothing like a sensuous romance set against a rich, historical backdrop. Historical romances are truly the loves of my life 😉