One thing I know for sure is that I was born to be a writer. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, and in high school I thought I wanted to be a journalist. In college I thought I’d be a screenwriter and I took several screenwriting classes. While I was working as a script analyst at a Hollywood production company, I realized that I wanted to write more than a blueprint–I wanted to tell the whole story. After completing my BA and MA degrees in English at CSU Northridge, I began writing my first historical novel. I wrote for 17 years, from 1994 until 2011, before I had a bestseller with the first book in my Loving Husband Trilogy, Her Dear & Loving Husband. My current projects are the historical novel Down Salem Way, set during the Salem Witch Trials, and history-based nonfiction about Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria.
My paranormal historical fiction is the bestselling Loving Husband Trilogy, a supernatural story of eternal love. The first book in the trilogy, Her Dear & Loving Husband, has been bought or downloaded over 250,000 times. You can read Her Dear & Loving Husband for free. My latest novel, When It Rained at Hembry Castle, is Downton Abbey inspired historical fiction. Set in Victorian England in the 1870s, it’s the story of American Daphne Meriwether and how she learns to live in the upstairs/downstairs world of her father’s family. She may fall in love with Edward Ellis, an aspiring writer, while she’s there. When It Rained at Hembry Castle is a Best Book of 2016 in Historical Fiction from IndieReader.com. Victory Garden is set around the woman’s suffrage movement during World War I. Woman of Stones is Biblical historical fiction based on a story from the New Testament: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Woman of Stones has been a #1 bestseller on Amazon’s Inspirational chart. I’m also the author of That You Are Here, a present-day love story set in Portland, Oregon.
I love to travel for research whenever I can. I’ve visited Salem and Boston, Massachusetts (for The Loving Husband Trilogy), Portland, Oregon (for That You Are Here), Washington, D.C. (for Victory Garden), and my favorite city in the world, London, England (for When It Rained at Hembry Castle). I lived in Boise, Idaho for a year, which will serve as inspiration for the Oregon Trail novel I’ll be starting soon.
Since 2000, I’ve been the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. The Copperfield Review was named one of the top sites for new writers by Writer’s Digest and it is the winner of the Books and Authors Award for Literary Excellence. I’ve also had the opportunity to interview notable historical novelists such as John Jakes, Jean M. Auel, Jeff Shaara, and Barbara Taylor Bradford.
My short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as Moondance, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Paumanok Review, Wild Mind, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writers Weekly, The Huffington Post, HonorSociety.org, and LinkedIn. I’ve taught writing to students aged five to 75, and I’ve taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, the Henderson Writers Group, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. Currently, I’m a PhD candidate at UNLV. Go Rebels!
In my down time I love to read, and I read everything from historical fiction to literary fiction to the classics to nonfiction. I love coloring and I’ve discovered the joy of art journaling. I’m always looking for great vegan recipes since I love to cook. I’m a big fan of Broadway musicals and Downton Abbey, though I also love Doctor Who. Charles Dickens is my favorite author (yes, the name for The Copperfield Review came from Dickens’ novel David Copperfield). I’m a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, a Dickens scholar, and I write nonfiction about whatever is fascinating me at the moment. Pinterest is my particular love because it’s the one place where I can indulge in all my interests at the same time. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, the city that never sleeps, and there’s never a shortage of new restaurants to try or shows to see.