I am an award-winning writer of romantic suspense. My debut novel, Leather and Lies, earned an honorable mention award as a finalist in the 2018 RWA Kiss of Death’s Daphne Du Maurier contest and a 3rd place finish in the 2018 Valley Forge Romance Writer’s Sheila contest in the romantic suspense category.
I enjoy plotting the harrowing journeys my characters go on before they finally reach their happily-ever-after. Finding inspiration for my novels everywhere, the beauty of nature is a favorite muse of mine. I also draw from the many courses I took during my time as a perpetual college student, studying archaeology, anthropology, sociology, and secondary education.
Living a quiet country life in northeastern Pennsylvania, I reside on a piece of the old family farm with my husband, son, and two cats. Writing as a hobby since childhood, I spend my days as the grant writer and operations director for a local non-profit agency focusing on public health issues. When I'm not penning steamy romance scenes, you'll find me traveling, catching air on the closest roller coaster, hiking, practicing at the shooting range, or adding to my baseball collection. (I have over 60 from places I've visited.) I also a proud nerd. Harry Potter and Star Wars are my two biggest obsessions, but I won't say no to LOTR, Dr. Who, or superheroes.
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