I live on the Gult coast of Florida, pretty much due west of Orlando. I've been here for just over 20 years, with a short detour to Miami for college. Despite having lived here longer than anywhere else, I still consider myself a Chicagoan at heart. I don't miss the winters, but I miss the food. Boy, do I miss the food! I'd consider moving back if it wasn't for the weather: I've lived down here too long to ever move back to a northern climate. After being in Florida for so long, I reach for a sweater if the temperature drops below 75 degrees!
I got my Bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in music business, worked in music copyright for a little while, then came back home to save money. My current day job is a combination of accounting, human resources, IT, web design and graphic design. I wear a lot of hats some days, and while it's not my dream job, it pays the bills and gets me home early enough to still have some of the afternoon free to write. Or, more often than not, play around on the Internet.
My parents tell me I taught myself to read at the age of 3, and I haven't stopped reading since. Nowadays, I read an average of about 100-125 books a year. Other hobbies include music (I used to play piano and clarinet, but not so much these days), TV (I'm a little too addicted to that one), photography, genelaogy (I can trace one branch of my family all the way back to Charlemagne) and travel (which I don't do as much as I'd like).
I've always been fascinated by the paranormal. As far back as I can remember, I've loved to read ghost stories, even if they did scare the crap out of me as a kid. I love the mysterious and unkonwn, and that's probably why so much of it ends up in my books. My interest in vampires came later: I got really into the subject in the late 90s, thanks to Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books. Shortly after that, I discovered my own love for writing and the rest, as they say, is history.
I have no children, so my cats are my babies. I have four: two pairs of sisters I rescued about a year-and-a-half apart. The older pair came from a local vet while the younger was born to a feral mother outside my house. I believe very strongly in rescuing strays and shelter cats, and if I ever find myself lucky enough to win the lottery one day, I plan on opening a cat sanctuary for just that purpose.
Now that Destined has finally been released, I'm starting work on editing my second novel, which needs a little more polishing up before it's ready to be released into the wild. You can follow me on Twitter, be my fan on Facebook, or