What Did You Do Before You Wrote Novels?
I was a speech-language pathologist. I got a Masters in Communication Disorders at Boston University in ’91 and headed straight to a warmer climate! For the next four years I lived in southern California, working with traumatic brain injury, stroke and dementia patients. My promotion to manager in ’94 meant a move to Houston, Texas, where I eventually oversaw over 90 physical, occupational and speech therapists in several states.
In 1999 I burned out and managed my interior designer’s growing business. I have no designing bone in my body (seriously) but being around these creative women and their daily passion jump-started a latent desire I’d always had to write a novel.
In 2004 on a trip to Italy I did just that! The first two novels are not fit for publication, but in 2006 I began Locked, Loaded and Lying. This is the story that lead to getting agent representation to sell to a publisher and also went on to final in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for unpublished writers. Read an excerpt.