I grew up on Long Island, New York, where we continue to live. After attending Nassau Community College, I went on to earn a degree in Psychology from Adelphi University.
A few years ago, being a fan of Jane Austen, I decided to look for Pride and Prejudice written from Darcy’s point of view. During my online search, I became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen fan fiction (JAFF).
At some point, I literally dreamed an idea for a story. At first I was going to post it to a forum’s “plot bunny” area, but since I had always had a secret dream of becoming a writer, I gave it a try myself. I cannot tell you how surprised and pleased I was when the resulting story (an earlier version of Dreams and Expectations) was well received. I went on to write a few short stories and another that was novel-length, which was published as Promises.
When I looked back at the first novel-length story, I realized that my skills had greatly improved since then, and so I set out to re-write Dreams and Expectations.
All Hallow’s Eve is my third novel, and has a paranormal twist. I began this story as a short story, but took on a life of its own.
The Keys for Love was written in response to a writing challenge at BeyondAusten.com.
I’ve always loved mysteries, amnesia stories, and suspense, so I gave writing one that encompasses all of the above in Safekeeping. Safekeeping is not really a JAFF story, but does have a touch of Austen.
A Lesson Hard Learned was next, bringing me back to Regency JAFF.
The Marriage Pact (the draft version posted to BeyondAusten.com as The Pact) had begun as a JAFF story, but Elizabeth and Darcy refused to do what I wanted them to do, and therefore Miss Celia Colton and Mr. James Aldridge were born.
The moment I have something ready, I’ll often begin posting a new story to the JAFF forums. I do have several more ideas in the works, so keep your eyes open for them on BeyondAusten.com!
My husband, Matt, and our triplets, Cal, Luke, and Maddie, have been a great source of support for my writing efforts, as well as the rest of our family. Thank you all!