Mystery reader. Romantic suspense author and lover of happy endings.
She writes because she can, and must.
The rest of the time she reads. In high school Toni Noel edited the school paper and one of her editorials earned her membership in Quill and Scroll. She also wrote a weekly fishing column, perhaps her first published work of fiction, for at that time she had never held a fishing pole.
For two of those high school years a weekly column about the happenings of her high school friends earned Toni a byline in a Scripps-Howard daily newspaper and a neighborhood weekly, the first income earned from her writing, money her father faithfully set aside for her in a college fund.
Toni thrived on spending time in the library, loved to do research and write term papers. She would finish her theme well ahead of the due date so she could type the papers of classmates, a lucrative way to add to her college fund.
She met her husband of sixty-one years her first week on campus and at the end of her freshman year gave up her dream of teaching to marry this first-year teacher who had captured her heart. He retired last year, ending a fifty-nine year teaching career. The couple later moved to San Diego, where Toni became a Girl Scouts leader and troop organized while actively working to secure a library for her neighborhood and earning an Honorary Membership in the PTA.
When her last child left for college, Toni resumed her college education, earning a business degree with special emphasis in System Analysis from SDSU. Hired by a government contractor specializing in research and development of underwater vehicles, she supervised the accounting department software and payroll until the company closed and she retired to write romance.
Toni continues to hone her writing skills by attending Romance Writers of America national conferences and local RWA-SD meetings. She loves to take on-line classes and reads every book she can get her hands on, regardless of genre, now enjoying them on her NOOK. Currently Toni devotes her time to writing stories like the novels she loves best, books about searches for safe havens for the heart.