What’s the highlight of my day? Usually it’s that first cup of coffee, and if I’m lucky, a beautiful sunrise peeking over the roof of the theater just across the street. I live in the city now, having left the burbs behind a few years ago.
Somehow, with hard work and a little luck, I’ve found a third career. I was a librarian first, then a teacher, and now a writer. The sound of that still makes me smile. In the summer of 2012, my debut novel, Kissing Shakespeare, was published by Delacorte Press. It’s a time-travel romance for teens. In 2013, Kissing Shakespeare won the Colorado Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. My proudest “writing” moment!
In December of 2013, my second novel, The Pursuit of Mary Bennet, was published by William Morrow. It’s a Pride and Prejudice sequel about the socially awkward middle Bennet sister, Mary. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, or someone who enjoys reading about a young woman coming into her own, I hope you’ll want to read it.
And in June, 2016, my third book, A False Proposal, is releasing from Entangled Publishing. It’s a historical romance, set in the Regency period in England, and this short description pretty well sums it up: A false proposal, a fake engagement–true love?
Nothing has made me happier than hearing from readers who love my books. If you ever wonder about writing or e-mailing an author, don’t hesitate. We love to hear from you.
My husband is the adventurous one in the family. He’s coaxed me away from books–both the reading and writing–to try things and go places I would have never done on my own. Our favorite trips have been walking trips in England, Scotland, and France. We hike from one town to the next, staying at B&Bs, and walking sometimes as many as fifteen miles in one day. (My hubby always lies about the distance. I no longer believe him when he says it’s just a little farther, or it’s only a few more miles. ) Even though I complain, I’m proud of holding my own. Having friends along keeps me laughing and pushes me to finish that last mile.
Best of all, I’ve gotten to visit the places in my books—Hoghton Tower, near Preston in Lancashire, the setting of Kissing Shakespeare. And most of Jane Austen’s haunts. A few years ago, we took a side trip to Surrey, to Haslemere, so I could get a feel for the setting of my newest book, A False Proposal.
Life is good.
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