After several different careers, including one as a lawyer, I’m back to my first choice: writing romance novels.
I write my stories because I believe even lawyers deserve to fall in love.
I’m currently working on The Blackjack Quartet, a series of four novels involving people who have Jack McIntyre in common. He’s the hero of Blackjack and Moonlight—a finalist in the Romance Writers of America® 2012 Golden Heart® contest. “Blackjack” McIntyre is a hard-headed prosecutor-turned-judge with an unexpected flair for the romantic gesture that’s wasted on a lawyer who doesn’t believe in happy-ever-afters. Can two smart people negotiate a way to finding a future together? For a taste of the book, read the first chapter.
But Jack and Elise star in Book Three of The Blackjack Quartet. First up is Love in Reality, in which one of Jack’s twin nieces, Libby Pembroke, a straight-A law student who ends up on a reality TV show when a cute producer decides to mess with the show’s dumbed-down mentality. You’d be surprised how much time a contestant and a producer can spend alone even with cameras and microphones on 24/7! But can a relationship that starts with both characters misrepresenting themselves end with honest emotion?
I’ve been thinking about interesting people falling in love years; writing their stories has been my dream job for over 30 years. Now it is my day job. And my school work. I matriculated at University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program in January 2012. I was learning about writing even before school started, that’s how powerful an education this is.
They say we should write what we know. Well, I’ve learned a lot over the years, doing many jobs between my very first (rejected) romance manuscript in the 1970s and today. To find out how I filled in those decades, check out my biography. Or you can just wait until I mine those experiences for my books!
And if you want to know what I think of romances — both specific books and the genre generally — you can read my industry blog, Promantica.
Finally, if you have any comments or questions, or just want to say “Hi,” you can do so here. I’d love to hear from you!