I was raised by my mom and stepdad on a hobby farm where my passion for reading, and all things furred and feathered, was indulged. When I wasn’t adopting stray cats and dogs—and the occasional flock of geese—I was riding one of my horses, or locked in my room with the latest Nancy Drew, Black Stallion, or James Herriot adventure. I blame the authors of those books for the frequent trouble I got into at school (see the report card notation?), and for inspiring me to become a novelist.
As a child, I loved to visit my aunt and uncle and grandparents on the cattle ranch my grandparents carved from British Columbia’s Cariboo-Chilcotin, rugged experience that not only imbued me with a deep respect for early settlers, especially my female forebears, but also influenced the ranch setting of my first novel, My Dear One.
I’ve worked in construction, and as a customer service representative in a busy, high-volume call center. I studied Criminal Justice, married twice, and divorced once. I was fortunate to be in a position to stay home to raise my four children, and pursue my childhood commitment of becoming a novelist. I live in beautiful British Columbia with my husband, two of our four children, and a sibling pair of extremely spoiled cats.