I write for Dell (Random House), Kensington, and Ellora’s Cave, and I write both very sensual and erotic romance. My stories feature seductive regency rakes or sexy tortured vampires from both the past and the present.
I’m also a mother of two young children and wife of a terrifically supportive husband. Advised to get a ‘real job’, I studied product design at university, worked for many years in structural engineering, but I always dreamed of a career as an author. Now, I’m happy to say I get to write most days while still working part time in research and development management. And all those years in technical fields gave me a great perspective for writing from the male point of view.
My writing influences are varied. Mysteries were my first obsession. As a child, I devoured the Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew mystery series, and I was addicted to Agatha Christie. In my high school years, I discovered the novels hidden at the back of my parents’ bookshelves. After reading books like ‘Fear of Flying’ and ‘Blue Skies, No Candy’, I decided to write literary erotic stories (despite a certain lack of experience at that point). In pursuit of my dream, I penned some hot coming-of-age books, pounding them out on a clunky manual typewriter with a faded ribbon. But I never actually finished a book.
Finding Romance Writers of America, and my local RWA chapter, was the turning point for me. I’d highly recommend finding a chapter if you are an aspiring romance author. Not only did I learn about the business and craft of writing, I met great writers who have become dear friends. And I became determined to finish a book and sell.
Since I love creating sexy, wicked men who love pleasuring women, I gravitated to writing Regency set historical romances. Deciding to heat up these stories from sensual to erotic, I wrote A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED, which sold to Ellora’s Cave and was my first published novel. But my new identity as an erotic romance author was a carefully guarded secret—I wasn’t quite ready to tell my parents and mother-in-law.
Signing with Kensington’s Aphrodisia line was a whirlwind—my editor emailed two days after receiving my proposal. I had just come out of the hospital with my one-year-old son (it was a febrile seizure and my eternal thanks go to the paramedics and the hospital emergency team, who made sure my little guy ended up fit and well). My “call” ended up being on my answering message. Within one month, I sold 5 single titles and 1 novella to Kensington. At that point I couldn’t keep my secret from my family any longer.
I’m also very thrilled to be writing regency historical romances for Dell. These books are very sensual and emotional, and are not as erotic as my Kensington Aphrodisia books. The sensuality level is similar to Jo Beverley’s books, but a bit hotter and more explicit. The stories blend mystery and suspense with deeply emotional romance—think of authors Madeline Hunter, Stephanie Laurens, Liz Carlyle, and Amanda Quick.
I am delighted to be writing romance, where I can share the power of love and intimacy with readers.