I was born in Oxnard, California, too many years ago to mention, and have lived in California most of my life (although I have lived in Idaho, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, and North Carolina). During the past four years, I lived in California's San Joaquin Valley, and have recently moved to Arizona. It's beautiful here, and both my sons and their wives have homes nearby. My daughter lives near San Diego CA.
As a child, from Arkansas-born-and-bred parents and grandparents, I was interested in art, reading, and writing ... if I wasn't filling up rolls of white shelf paper with drawings of people I copied from magazines or writing plays to perform in our lop-sided wooden garage with a dirt floor on the alley behind our house, I was reading comic books, Hit Parade or other magazines. AND mustn't forget romance magazines. I read a lot of those. Anyone remember romance mags?
In my pre-teen years my grandfather owned a grocery store in a community of 300 where we lived, and I was in charge of stocking the new comic books and magazines as they arrived. So, needless to say, dozens of publications ended up in the bedroom I shared with my sister Mary. Sister Martha was just a baby then. Then as a teenager, my father managed a five & dime and again I was in charge of and read the comic books and magazines to my heart's content. Yes, as a teenager, I still read comic books. All I could get my hands on. They were my world. Literary books were for school assignments, we didn't have books in our home, only Bibles . . . and comic books.
Many years later after a few marriages and 4 children, I returned to my fascination of words on a page, this time absorbed with novels and the classics I was supposed to have read in school, and suddenly became overwhelmed with a passion to write.
I began typing my first stage play, this was before I had a computer. I'd done my homework, taken classes whenever and whereever, completed a Television & Screenwriting program at UCLA, had become involved with theatre productions in L.A. and was learning the ropes somewhat. So over the next several years I was counted among the numbers of those thousands of struggling writers submitting stageplays and screenplays to so-called "agents" and "producers." All was not a loss, however, some of my stageplays have been produced at community level, of which I'm grateful - and I still write them.
But then I found my niche ...
My first novel "MIDNIGHT AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE" was released in September 2005. That was one of the most thrilling moments I have ever experienced, having written a novel.
In May 2006 I went to Paris to do research to write my second novel "MIDNIGHT AT THE EIFFEL." Although I'd been to Paris several times, I needed to hang out in Montmartre a bit more for this book, and also visit the Louvre again for pertinent details.
My third novel in the "Midnight" series is set in Belgium and is called "MIDNIGHT IN BRUSSELS." A preview of the novel, the beginning of it, is written as a short story in my first short story collection "Love Has A Price Tag". The short story is called "Amanda's Dream." But of course the novel goes way beyond that short.
There will be 12 novels in the "Midnight" series. All feature New Year's Eve celebrations around the world, one major city in each novel, and include the continuing story of Rachel O'Neill & Company.
One of my favorite countries is England, however, I go there quite often, have lived there, and always enjoy meeting up with old friends, making new ones, and promoting my novels which are partially set in England, for that is where Rachel O'Neill lives.
Yes, I do love traveling, have seen most of western and eastern Europe, Russia, the British Isles, and many of the States as well as Caribbean cities. In April 2010 I'm off to revisit Dublin, Paris, and England once again. More research and a bit of R & R.
I'm passionate about writing of my experiences, about the romance and drama of the real people I've met and the places I've seen, as well as those I easily imagine.
Both my collections of short stories "LOVE HAS A PRICE TAG" and "BITS & PIECES OF ME" are available online and on land.
So with three novels and two books of short stories under my belt, I'm happy as a lark. Now on to the next ...