After a succession of jobs (cocktail waitress, receptionist, journalist, lawyer), I finally came to the realization that my true calling was writing historical romance. A lifelong fan of romance novels, I began compiling material by traveling extensively and independently in my early twenties. Looking back on my many narrow escapes from precarious situations, I marvel that I'm still alive. But I have plenty of material. Now I save my bold adventures for my heroines and hope my three children will have more common sense. When I'm not immersed in my imagination and history, I can often be found reading or hiking in one of Colorado's many mountains with my husband and children (after some serious coaxing). Sometimes I even take along my chocolate labrador, Houdini, who needs no coaxing at all.