I wanted to write as soon as I learned to read. Real people do this? I asked. My favorite books have always been mysteries and romances, so the mix in romantic suspense was a natural. I love writing romantic suspense because it throws the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pits them against a clever villain. Besides curling up with a good book, I enjoy walking my dog, sailing, hiking, traveling, and gardening. A former teacher, I'm a West Virginia native, but my husband and I have lived in Maine for many years.