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I am a tough person.  After all, I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, where sometimes a "snow flurry" can come out of no where and remind us people don't have the slightest idea how to drive.  We also don't have the best luck with sports teams -- The Indians, The Browns, The Cavaliers -- need I go on?  I'm not a sports person in the very least but I work with a few (and live with one) and let me tell you, when the Cleveland sports teams are doing well, everyone is in a little happier mood.  But I enjoy living here.  We get an extra holiday every year called Sweetest Day.  For those of you who don't live in Northeast Ohio (headquarters of American Greetings -- imagine that) it is similar to Valentines Day but is held on the 3rd Saturday in October. 

I have been married to a wonderful man for over 25 years (hard to believe since I'm only 39 :)).  I have two children, a girl and a boy.  My daughter came first and is four years older than her brother.  We also have FIVE dogs.  The latest addition was due to my kind hearted daughter. Instead of a sign that says, DON'T LET THE DOGS OUT, our sign says, "DON'T LET ANYMORE DOGS IN!"  I enjoy romantic comedies, taking walks around our neighborhood, snowmen and vacationing in the Carolina's.  My favorite city is Savannah and I love thunder storms.  I never watch the news because it just upsets me.  I prefer to live my life with the assumption that everyone is kind and decent. 

Writing a novel is something I've dreamed of doing for as long as I can remember and is so wonderful when it finally happens.  It is a surreal feeling, when people you have known for your entire life make a fuss over you as if you are famous or something, asking for your autograph.  When that happens, I almost feel like I'm playing a role, a person other than myself, and I enjoy every minute of it.

I have been an avid reader and writer for as long as I can remember.  When I was around 10 or 11 years old, my cousins and I used to play a writing game.  One person would start and write a few sentences and then hand the beginning of the story off the next person, who would read it and pick up where the first person left off, adding a few more sentences to the plot.  Never knowing what it might say when it arrived in my hands was such a thrill and the turn of events usually had nothing to do with what the original person had in mind.  No matter how ridiculous it was, somehow it all came together.  When the final version was read outloud, we laughed until we couldn't catch our breath. That was the beginning of my love of writing.  Having the ability to make people laugh or cry, just by using the written language, is a gift so powerful and I hope, one day, my name will be among those who possess it. 

While going to school at the University of Phoenix for my undergraduate degree, most students cringed at the mention of a term paper, but that was what kept me focused and excited about learning.  A recent graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature, I have written numerous, unpublished, children's picture books but found my true passion is writing adult fiction.

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