I live in the Detroit, Michigan area, where on the days I don’t write fiction I’m a marketing writer/editor. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, have two Oakland University Writing Excellence Awards, two New England Writer’s Network (NEWN) Humor Contest wins, and an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest Writing competition to my credit. Most of those were for personal essays. One of the essays and a poem were published in the NEWN magazine.

Best of all, I have a very patient husband, Larry aka Mr. Bud (a nickname bestowed upon him by my sister in honor of the late Larry ‘Bud’ Melman), who just shakes his head and smiles tolerantly over my crushes on hot actors (Danny Pino, Colin Ferguson, looking at YOU). That’s because he knows he’ll always be my biggest and bestest crush. Plus I don’t rag on him over his love for Emily Blunt and Erica Durance—the latter of whom is currently living in my head since she’s the “star” of a story I’m in the process of writing now.

I know writers always say this, but I really don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. I started writing perfectly awful TV fan fiction <cough Dark Shadows Star Trek yes I’m old cough> pretty much as soon as I was old enough to hold a pen. Luckily, my mother had the good sense to tell me and my siblings Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Twilight Zone stories instead of fairy tales as we grew up, so I learned the value of good storytelling thanks to Mom, Alfred, and Rod.

I love writing about strong women, family dynamics, and romantic relationships between grown-up men and women who are a little lost, a little damaged, and maybe even a little bit funny. And of course, always hopeful they can take on the world together.

So that’s what I hope to bring to you: Stories that transport you to your happy place with sweet romance, lively humor, and of course, happily-ever-afters.

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