Though I now reside in the Texas Panhandle, I grew up in a small town in New Mexico. From an early age, I was lucky enough to discover wealth didn’t exactly pertain to money. Though my parents could barely afford the necessities, they managed to instill deep rooted values and a thirst for books. My favorite memories are the yearly road trips we made to California on Route 66 to visit grandparents. We’d stop at museums, trading posts, ghost towns and anything else that held our interest. I’m sure that’s where my love of history and the Old West was born.

I’ve been a “writer in training” my whole life. As young girls, my sister and I became obsessed with books. Many nights long after the house grew dark and everyone else was asleep, we’d lie beneath our covers and read by flashlight until we either reached the end of the book or our eyes got too heavy to see the words. Books opened up entirely new, exciting worlds that seemed limited only by our imaginations. I never imagined in a hundred years that I could create my own worlds. That undertaking seemed as far-fetched as scaling Mt. Everest. But write I did. It took me five years to finish that first novel and it will never be anything more than fire-starter material. With a small measure of confidence though, I wrote others that found their way onto an editor’s desk and then into bookstores.

2011 National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist for Give Me a Texas Outlaw
2010 National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist for Give Me a Texas Ranger
2006 Holt Medallion Finalist for Redemption
2006 Winner of the Texas Gold Award for Redemption
2004 Winner of the Texas Gold Award for The Cowboy Who Came Calling
2003 Winner of the Texas Gold Award for Knight on the Texas Plains
2003 More Than Magic Award for Knight on the Texas Plains
2003 Winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award for best historical, The Cowboy Who Came Calling

 

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