7 Gables

Here I am in Salem, Massachusetts at the House of the Seven Gables. I was able to take a walk around the town while researching Her Loving Husband’s Curse.

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. Then 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–My Brother’s Battle. 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.

I like to say that my historical stories are the place where the past and present collide because my Loving Husband Trilogy moves between Salem in 1692 and Salem in the 21st century. And my novel That You Are Here is set entirely in present day Portland, Oregon. So I do have present day plots flowing through some of my books.

Me at Powell's

Here I am in front of one of my favorite places: Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. I bought Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel that day. I was able to do some research for That You Are Here while I was there.

I love to travel for research whenever I can. I’ve been to Washington, D.C. (for Victory Garden), Salem and Boston, Massachusetts (for the Loving Husband Trilogy), Portland, Oregon (for That You Are Here), and my favorite city in the world, London, England (for When It Rained at Hembry Castle).

Since 2000, I’ve been the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a 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 MindCarbLite, Writers Weekly, and The Huffington Post. 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. I’m currently a PhD student at UNLV. Go Rebels!

In my downtime 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 recently discovered the fun of art journaling. I’m always looking for great vegetarian and 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). 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.