I'm a dyed in the wool New Yorker, but have lived on the sunny shores of San Diego for seven wonderful years before finding my way back home. I do admit being a New Yorker puts a different spin on my writing.
I'd love to say I learned to read at a very young age, but alas, I cannot lie. In fact, my parents spent many days afterschool meeting with teachers because I seemed to not care if I learned to read at all. If they only knew I was sneaking out of the classroom to hide outside, where I was so busy creating characters for the fantasy world in my head, I didn't see the need to read.
But, I did eventually learn to read and haven't been without a good book since. During High School I always had a romance novel tucked away in my bag, Victoria Holt and Barbara Cartland were favorites back then.
Being the true romantic, I assumed my knight on a white stallion would show up and carry me off into the sunset. My knight showed up in black Camaro instead, and we've been happily married for 22 years. Three kids and a few cars later - I'm usually spotted driving around suburbia in a green mini-van.
I still love to read romance novels, and am now enjoying letting my own cast of characters out of my head and onto some pages of their own.