“I have a very simple philosophy. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches.” – Alice Lee Longworth
You might not think that an addiction to television would inspire a career in writing, but that is exactly what happened with me. When I was about six years old, my mother “encouraged” me to turn off the TV and pick up a book by offering to pay me two cents for every page I read. It was an unusual strategy, but it worked: before she know it, I was a bona fide book junkie (thanks Mom!).
It wasn’t long until I graduated from reading to writing. My first novel, Homesong, a multi-generational tale of heart and home, was published in 2008, and was a finalist for the Bronte Prize for Romantic Fiction. It was followed by Still Waters, a 1950s romantic suspense, which was a Top-5 Finalist for the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Romance of the Year. My latest novel, The House on the Hill, is a sequel to Homesong; it tells the story of an engaged couple who return to their hometown and unearth long-buried secrets from their shared past.
I’ve been a Virginia girl all my life, and I’m currently blessed to live in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. The land here is deep and ancient, adorned with beautiful historic homes. Stories have been sown into the soil for generations, and family secrets linger within old walls. I spend my time wandering the countryside, drinking too much coffee at local cafes, and dreaming up twists and turns for my future novels.
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