It wasn't until after college and working for a large corporation for four years that I finally realized I could turn my passion for books into a career. Before then, I hadn't personally met any writers and was under the impression that to be one, I would have had to been born "special" in a way that I wasn't. But when my now sister-in-law told me she was writing a novel, the possibilities opened up. You mean real people write books? Crazy, I know, but that's exactly how I felt at the time. Knowing she could do it gave me the confidence to give it a try.
In the ensuing years I underwent a self-directed apprenticeship where I wrote as much as I could in between getting married and raising our two sons. I've written contemporary romance, historical romance, and light paranormal romance and then I found my niche in women's fiction (often with romantic elements).
Looking back, I can now see there were always clues pointing me to writing. Clues like the many notebooks and journals I filled with stories, poems and letters. Or the numerous times my brothers swore I "dreamed" something happening when I truly believed it did. There was also a good friend in high school who called me a "nerd" for all the big words I used. Oh, and we mustn't forget the stories I still compose daily in my mind to explain the world around me (judging by the strange banging we hear at night, our neighbors are building an underground lair. I just know it!).
When I'm not writing, you can find me at the gym, volunteering at my kids' school, going on adventures (I love festivals and beaches the most), or indulging at my local tea shop.