you remember the teacher who made a difference in your life?
do. His name was Dr. Krantz. He was my mythology teacher. While
attending college near Kansas City, I was working toward a Bachelor
in Fine Arts when I discovered I had to take an elective. I pulled
"Mythology" out of a hat, and it was there I found Dr.
Krantz. The book wasn't Romeo and Juliet, as you might suspect,
but Dante's Inferno-a Divine Comedy indeed. Talk about an intriguing
I bought Cliffs Notes—I was eighteen. With a three-hour
block of nude figure drawing and rocks to sculpt, who has time
to read? Well, I read it. Cover to cover, after which, I read Oedipus, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and a few other Greek
walked away with, not only an "A" in the class, but
a love for all things tragic, passionate, and historic. I did
receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with which I have enjoyed
a rewarding career as a graphic designer for more than fifteen
years. I moved on from the ancient authors of yesteryear and became
engrossed in the writings of Julie Garwood, Teresa Medeiros, and
Gaelen Foley — just to name a few.
Although an artist by profession, I traded my paintbrush for a
pen about ten years ago. After writing and illustrating a mystical
world of fairies, I began to explore the realm of romance novels.
Currently, I work part-time as a College Instructor in St. Louis,
Missouri. It is here that I bring my passion for words and the
arts into the grueling boredom of lecture to spark the lives of
hundreds of young minds.
I reside in Illinois with my two children and a gaggle of cats. I'm a proud member of Romance
Writers of America® and Missouri
RWA. In addition, I am a member of Hearts
Through History as well as PASIC and Novelist, Inc. It is within these
organizations where I have found a great deal of support, along
with a wealth of knowledge from seasoned authors, workshops, critique
groups, and friendly camaraderie.
Every day is a new beginning, as I discover a fascinating character
in every person I meet. With every puckered brow or mischievous
smile, there's a hero evolving and a heroine fast at his heels.