A number of years ago, as an aspiring science fiction writer, I took a workshop from noted SF writer Ann C. Crispin. She took one look at my SF short story and said, "You have a talent for writing romance."
"Romance" in those days meant "historical" or maybe "contemporary". There was no "paranormal" and certainly no "science fiction" romance. So I wasn't sure how to take that comment. Then I realized that much of the kind of science fiction I loved was full of romantic elements--Classic STAR TREK, X-FILES, AVATAR, even many New Age SF authors like Ursula K. Leguin, Zenna Henderson and Theodore Sturgeon. Thankfully, the world has turned, these and other wonderful pioneers have laid the groundwork and now I can finally take Ann's advice and follow my true calling.
Along the way to my science fiction romance career I've been married to a wonderful guy since just out of college, been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, raised a family (two girls, three grandkids), tried organic farming, worked as a freelance journalist and editor, been a community activist, earned black belts in two different styles of martial arts and written four STAR TREK fanfic novels (and a number of short stories) for “underground” publication. (Ask me sometime about STAR TREK cons!)
In 2012, my first two SFR novels finaled in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. The first of my Interstellar Rescue series novels, Unchained Memory was published in 2015, the second, Trouble in Mind, in 2016. The third and fourth novels in the series were SFR Galaxy Award Winners in 2016 and 2018. They've since been updated in shiny new editions published under my own imprint.
I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA, and the Firebirds (2012 Golden Heart finalists).
I live on 44 beautiful mountain acres in Marshall, NC, with the other members of our intentional community, my husband, our two rambunctious dogs and our two talkative cats. When I'm not writing, I teach taiji and qigong and review movies and television on my podcast My Moviehouse My Rules. You can listen on SoundCloud or on my podcast website.