So this is the page where I get to sing my praises, but being the typical writer, I’m a bit on the shy side. I’d rather be reading than out and about unless I get to go out and about and read – like at my favorite coffee cafe, on a lounge chair by the pool, maybe in a hammock…you get the idea. But I have 3 kids, so I rarely get to sit still and read books unless they have more pictures than words.
Lucklily enough I have a room with a door that locks – and I know how to use it…and that’s where I get most of my writing done, with Axel, my trusty shorkie (what’s a shorkie you ask? Why a mix between a Yorkie and Shih Tzu) sleeping by my side.
When I’m not writing the Queensbay series (set in a fictional New England town that bears a striking resemblance to the charming towns on the shoreline of Long Island Sound) I like to watch old reruns of The Gilmore Girls and Charmed, referee sibling altercations, cook and watch soccer – and by that I mean I like to go out to the soccer field on Saturday mornings with my cup of coffee, watch the leaves change in rural New Jersey and chat with my mom friends while I pretend to watch my kids play….
More About the Queensbay Series
I’ve always been a writer. I wrote my first serial stories for my friends back in junior high school in pencil on lined paper. They usually involved bad things happening to a thinly veiled version of whomever our arch enemy was at the time. Mean, I know, but good for the creative process. I got my first word processor in high school and started to write a version of Out of Africa but with a lot more kissing. By that time I had discovered Harlequin romances and I was hooked.
At college I had to read serious books and read serious things, except when I was reading Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, and more romances, with a few cozy mysteries thrown in for good measure. I wrote my first romantic suspense novel while in between jobs after college. I sent it around and got some not very encouraging feedback which plunged me into a deep dark despair. I kept writing but nothing serious until several years later when I felt compelled to write a book for the tween market about four mystery solving girls – sort of an ode to Nancy Drew. That round went a little better, gaining interest from some real publishers, but nothing concrete. Around that time the Kindle platform was just about launching so I got the book edited, had a cover made and put it out there.
Not a whole lot happened, but some things did happen – SOME people read the book and most of them liked it…WOW! So I dusted off my old romantic suspense, took a good hard look at it and dropped (mostly) the suspense aspect…It became book 2 in the Queensbay series. While writing that, I feel in love with the idea of a small town on the coast of Long Island Sound, very much like where I grew up except perfect and with lots of happy endings.
I started to write more stories in the series, eventually creating a prequel or Book 1 – Dinner for Two, in the Queensbay series, and following up with 3 more, for a total – to date – of 5 books. Convinced that the Kindle platform was AMAZING, I decided to form my own publishing company. I write the books, but I have “people” who edit, proofread, create the covers, and market the books. This way I get to focus on what I love the most – writing.
If you want to find out more about the books check out the series page here: The Queensbay Series
If you want to find out more about the inspiration behind Queensbay, check out the page here: Behind the Scenes in Queensbay
To get some of my favorite recipes, including the Queensbay Ladies Auxillary Cookbook – yes it’s a thing – I made it up, go here: The Cookie Recipe