I have been writing since I was 8 years old. My grandparents and great aunt instilled a love of history. My mother and my best friend instilled a love a books. I was a bibliophile by the time I could talk. Writing naturally grew from that. I was in my late teens when I had my first short story published and published sporadically after that while in high school and college.
However, novels have always been my true love. I have written sixteen or seventeen of them, but have had trouble getting published, just like everyone else. Most of my rejection letters have told me to “put a little sex in it” and resubmit. I just never really found the places where they thought the sex belonged.
My other hobbies include travel and I have been to tons of places. For some reason, my two favorites cities to visit are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. I love to learn. I am a huge music fan; although, I seem to have jumped off the “new music bandwagon” in recent years. I read as much as possible. My husband and I go camping almost every other weekend during the summer.
In June 2016, my life changed forever. I’ve had pain in my right forearm and hand since I was 14. It was brushed off as an “arthritic like condition” and there was nothing that could be done about it. In June 2016, that pain moved to my right hip and we finally learned the “arthritic like condition” was in fact a progressive neurological disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I spent the next two years on gabapentin and Lyrica. I had horrible side effects on them and the result is minor brain damage that will be permanent.
I love animals and have 2 dogs – Lola and Kelly. Lola is a German Shepherd/Collie mix and Kelly is a mutt with visible traces of Border Collie/Beagle in her. They are both girls. We got Lola first, but she turned out to need a friend. Unfortunately, Lola is not a fan of male dogs for very long and never has been. The solution was to get Lola a female puppy. A friend messaged me and said she knew of a female puppy that needed to be rescued and so, we got Lola a puppy. Because Kelly was a puppy when she came to us, we don’t have a lot of problems despite having 2 female dogs from different litters (2 females who both want to be alphas will fight to the death sometimes).
My husband and I met when we were teens. I was 14, he was 15. We did not like each other. Fast forward fourteen years and we started dating. We got married in February 2017.
I love being an independently published author. It’s a ton of work, but I love that I control what goes into my books, not an editor or someone who does research on the book market and decides what’s hot and needs to be put into a novel to sell it.
Favorite authors are a hodge-podge of classics, pop novelists and the critically deep: Jane Austen, Gaston LeRoux, Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker, and James Patterson, to name a few.
Favorite bands include KMFDM, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Andrea Bocelli, Pink, and Garbage.
I have a degree in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
I speak English and German with a smattering of Russian in there for some very bizarre reason.
I am secretly in love with Stephen Fry and believe he might actually know everything…