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I have always loved acting and had a vivid imagination. In discovering a passion for writing, not only can I put my over-active imagination to good use, but I can create characters I love, and I get to play all the parts!


Background Information

I am a happily married mother of two young boys living in New York with an ever growing collection of pets. I love animals and nature. My husband and I enjoy doing things outdoors with our kids such as hiking and canoeing. I recently earned my Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, and have an undergrad. in Elementary Education. I'm currently looking for a position as a school librarian. I'd rather be a full-time author, but I'm not quite there yet. If I have to work out of the house, spending time with books and introducing a love of literature to future readers sounds like the perfect job to me! 

I draw inspiration for my writing from so many diverse things. I have quite an ecclectic variety of interests. I breed tropical fish and blue crayfish for local aquariums, I Belly Dance, I'm an avid video gamer, I love to draw and I make beaded braclets and necklaces which I sell through a little boutique in upstate N.Y.

I absolutely love to sing (I don't get out often but I drag my friends to karaoke whenever I can and you won't get that mic out of my hand until they close! Luckily I have a pretty good voice.) I've also always loved acting. Musical theater was my first passion. In writing, I can transfer all of my emotion, imagination and love of drama into my books! I love creating full richly emotional characters and seeing how they affect and are effected by situations. I love to have them evolve and grow with the story! 

I've always been an avid reader. Fantasy and Science Fiction were always my genres of choice, with a little horror thrown in for good measure. I never realized that Paranormal Romance was a genre. I always found myself in the YA section pursuing books about dragons, unicorns, elves and faeries. I never believed that I could find beings like that in the adult section. As I got a little older, I tried a few romance books, just to check them out. I didn't like them at all! They just didn't resonate with me. the characters felt under-developed and then halfway through the book everyone suddenly turned into porn stars! Not what I was looking for, so I went back to reading Jack L. Chalker, Piers Anthony and Stephen King. I never set out to write paranormal romance - I just wrote about realistic characters in fantastic situations and then some of them fell in love! To this day I have still never read any PNR books. I don't want to influence my own writing style. I think my books probably have a unique voice for this reason and I'm getting most of my fantasy fullfillment through writing. When I do look for something to read (during my very little bit of free time) I tend to pick an old fantasy sci/fi off my TBR shelf.

Anne Rice was the first author I read who told the story from the vampires point of view and I absolutely fell in love with the idea! I devoured her vampire chronicles just as faithfully and eagerly as I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer on TV every week. I couldn't help but think that there had to be a middle ground in the vampire spectrum between Rice's literary style and the fun contemporary feel of the Buffy series. When Buffy ended and I had no more Anne Rice to read, I started making up my own stories.

I did it just for fun to keep my mind busy while doing housework, but one day it bothered me that I bleieved my stories to be really good, and they would never be told. I wasn't looking to write a book, I just had these great ideas for stories and they would all be forgotten one day. So I sat down at the computer one night just to jot down a few things for myself to remember and look back on one day. before I knew it I had been up all night and had pages and pages written! I realized that I had something real there, and it was worth doing something with. So in 2004, I started writing a book... I ended up writing 3 in fact.

I never thought they were something I would actually try and publish, but after a few friends read them, they insisted my books were worthy of publishing and needed to be shared with the public. I refined my stories and spent a year learning all I could about the publishing process and methods by which one should try to aquire an agent. Then I spent 2 more years jumping through hoops and navigating red tape trying to attract the attention and support of someone who could actually get my books into print. It didn't happen. I have quite the collection of rejection letters, but that was as far as I got.

I had put the books aside because I was busy being a wife & mom while going to night school. I just wanted to write because it was a newly discovered passion that I immensely enjoyed. I didn't have time to attend conventions or camp out on doorsteps to get my books noticed. Then Amazon announced it's new e-reader, the Kindle. In order to increase the Kindle's value, Amazon wanted to offer as many digital books as possible, so they were willing to accept the works of previously unpublished authors. This was my shot! July 3, 2008 my books were published on Kindle.

Since then I have been blessed with wonderful reader response, great reviews for my series and fun engaging book discussions in the Amazon forums with readers. The amazing reader reactions and high Kindle sales have enabled me to independently bring my vampire series to print! So I am proud and happy to announce that the ALMOST HUMAN series will be released to print in April of 2009!   

Additional Information

ALMOST HUMAN isplanned as a series of trilogies. The first 3 books are one story told in three parts. Following the format, the next 3 books will continue with the same characters but will have it's own different storyline. I'm planning to have 4 trilogies, making 12 total for the series. There are currently 3 titles available in the ALMOST HUMAN series: Volume 1: FATAL INFATUATION Volume 2: LOST REFLECTIONS Volume 3: EVOLVING ECSTASY Volume 4: BORN TO BLOOD is currently being written and I hope to finish it this year!



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