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I can still remember the exact moment that I started writing my first book. I was sitting in my office in a high rise building in downtown San Diego. Just staring out the window, feeling a little bored with work and with no lunch plans. As I sat there, a character popped into my head. I knew her name, what she looked like, what kind of personality she had. And that wasn't the first time something like that had happened to me.


What was different that time was that I was sitting in front of a laptop. And as I sat there thinking about her, I thought, wouldn't it be fun to give her a career, a family, things to do, food to eat? So purely for my own personal enjoyment, I started typing. And I kept typing...until I had written 80,000 words.


And those words sat patiently on my laptop. Not expecting anything from me. For years. Seventeen to be exact.


Fast forward to late 2020 when I decided - on a whim - to self publish The Summer Breeze Bed & Breakfast, a book that is a celebration of all the things that mean so much to me: family, friendships, food, and falling in love.


It's now three years and three books later and being an author is one of the pure joys of my life. When I'm not writing, I love spending time with my family, cooking, tackling the occasional DIY project, and obsessing over my vegetable garden. 

And yes, new characters are still popping into my head. But now, I make sure I have a laptop within easy reach. 

Photo Credit: Pooja Aggarwal

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If you enjoy podcasts, check out my on Hear Us Roar hosted by the amazing Maggie Smith where she leads me through a wonderful discussion about my writing process and my path to publication!

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Look what I found! A first draft of The Summer Breeze from 2003!

We were all so excited when I finally published it in 2020!

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