Linda Lovely (really).
In my mind, two sure-fire triggers get the heart thumping—romance and danger. I try to include ample portions of both in my manuscripts, which seesaw between romantic suspense and mysteries with romantic elements.
Having been raised by a strong-willed single mother, who taught me women can do whatever they set their minds to, my feisty heroines don’t take any guff from heroes, who’d better stand ready to act as equal partners.
Age? Nope, I don’t see it as a barrier either.
In my debut novel, DEAR KILLER, to be released next month by L&L Dreamspell, my 52-year-old heroine is smart, athletic and funny. That proves an irresistible combination for the 40-year-old deputy assigned to lead a murder investigation on the Lowcountry Sea Island where the heroine—retired military intelligence—serves as a security guard.
I’m a native Iowan, who has called the South home for more than thirty years. While my husband and I currently live beside a peaceful South Carolina lake, we spent a dozen years in the amazing SC Lowcountry.
A journalism major in college, I’ve always made my living as a writer—newsletters, brochures, ad copy, speeches, trade magazine articles, you name it. But when I took the leap into fiction, I found I had lots to learn. I owe a big debt of gratitude to professional writer organizations, contest judges and critique partners.
I’m president of the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of Romance Writers of America and the South Carolina Writers Workshop. I’m proud that my manuscripts have made the finals in 15 contests, including RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier competitions. However, I know I have much more to learn—that’s one reason I’m delighted to be a member of the Romancing the Genres blog.