Well, it probably goes without saying… but I love to write. Writing this “about me” on my “author’s blog” is truly a dream come true. I was raised in the south surrounded by a large family with more cousins than I can count. As a matter of fact, my first novel could possibly go bestseller if they all buy one. But let’s be real – they’ll all want a free copy. I love them though and I am the person I am today because of the people who raised me and grew up next to me.
I was born in Asheville, NC – home to a grand mansion much like Pemberley. The Biltmore Estate or “the Lady” (as us Ashevillians like to call the house) really put Asheville on the map in the late 1800’s. I still remember my grandfather (papaw) telling us that when he was a boy, Lady Vanderbilt would bring Christmas gifts to the children of All Souls Episcopal Church in Biltmore Village. As a child I can recall riding by the estate’s grand entrance in awe of such wealth, while my youthful imagination ran a gamut of romantic stories of life beyond the black iron gates. I have always believed that the very surroundings of my progressive yet small mountain town has inspired and generated the great many authors who began life within Asheville’s perimeters.
Though I embrace my southern heritage, I’m a sucker for a British or Irish accent. My great-great-great grandfather was from County Down in Northern Ireland and an early settler to the Blue Ridge Mountains. A Scotch-Irish descendant, I have always been fascinated by what goes on over the pond, and I can’t get enough of classic English Literature. Although as an author I believe I am equally being called to write Southern and Historical Fiction, I’m devoted to Jane Austen Fan Fiction both as a reader and writer. I’m proud of Echoes of Pemberley. And furthermore, I sincerely hope that Ms. Austen would have liked it as well.
That is about all for now, but I can’t close this introduction without thanking those who have made all of this possible – you know who you are – my kids, my family and friends, and especially my husband. He has read, listened to me read, given advice, criticized – he even took me to the U.K.! Thank you, Douglas, I couldn’t have done it without you.