Author, Rocket Scientist, Animal Lover & Rescuer
I am a happily married mother of two. Raised in Colorado, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of years of my life in Northern Italy. I graduated with an M.S. in math and economics from The Colorado School of Mines, and then promptly went to work on the Titan program for Lockheed Martin Astronautics.
I have to say, I worked on the more boring bits of rocketry, but the fun thing was we all got to wear shirts that said, “Actually, it is Rocket Science.” Around the same time, I began working as a part-time professor of Economics and Statistics. Some people find these subjects a little dry but I made my classes super scintillating by dressing up on occasion as Professor Trelawney form Harry Potter and trying to forecast the future.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be the next Carolyn Keene. When I was in third grade, I used to sit on the porch and read Nancy Drew in the morning, and then write my own mysteries in the afternoon. My characters in Sweet Delicious Madness are completely fictitious, but draw on people I met when I lived in Italy. For my first series I wanted to write a Cinderella story, I wanted to ask, what if a perfectly ordinary woman, flawed in many ways, messed up her life the first go around, but got a second chance to meet and fell in love with her own version of Austin’s Mr. Darcy.
And what if, along the way, she met and learned from other characters who surrounded her; characters that had quirks of their own - a women with a passion for animal rescue, an Italian housemaid who talks to the dead, and a curator of a museum who intimately knows the history of the stolen antiquities market. All of these items synthetized into the making of The Sweet Delicious Madness Series.
In 2015, I am busy tying up loose ends in the fifth book in the series, Sweet Delicious Madness Takes the Plunge. I am also asking myself a new question, what if Arthur Pendragon had a daughter. I look forward to releasing my newest series, Magda Pendragon: Heir to Arthur in the coming months.
Oh, and for the record, I was lucky enough to meet and marry my own version of Mr. Darcy on the first go round. We live our lives in the Colorado sunshine, with an ever-changing collection of adopted dogs and cats.