|I really do live in the Wild West, and this area is steeped in so much of Oregon’s history! But this isn’t my first foray into historical places I’ve lived: my father was in the United States Air Force, so I’ve lived abroad in a few countries, include the United Kingdom. From my formative years spent climbing castle walls and touring the great sites of England and Scotland, I developed a great love of history. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a historian and a hopeless romantic, and I always wanted people to fall in love. I played with stories about Victorian America, Civil War era United States, and even 12th century France. Just about everything I write has a hopeless historian or time traveling hero searching for love. This translated to a career in education, where I can share my passions with others.
Ever since I started my writing career about 5 years ago, I set out with a mission to write strong women who take what lemons life gives them and turn it into lemonade, so to speak. My characters are all damaged to fault, with struggles and strife that we all face, but they also overcome to odds and emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis. They are resilient, amazing, funny, and dynamic. If I had one theme to share with you, it would be kick-ass heroes who won’t let anyone get in the way of carving their own destiny, just like my ancestors did blazing their trail across the American west. And they will do it, too, with a cup of coffee in one hand and determination in their hearts.
That’s why I’m so proud to release Abby’s Promise to the world on july 24th. Abby is a history professor with a special love for America, so I guess she’s a little bit like me. She’s passionate about history including her own, and the one that got away, or rather left to join the military: Joey Harrison. She can’t let go of how she felt about Joey in high school, and when he comes back into her life, she can’t resist him. They have some history of their own, and this story is all about Abby’s journey not only to fulfil her promises to Joey, but also make some promises of her own about the future.