She was born in September 1960 in Southern
California and grew up at the beach, making sand castles and
playing in the surf. When I was eight years old, my father drove us
to Western Washington where we called home.
After working in a trendy advertising agency, I decided to go to law school.
"But you're going to be a writer" are the prophetic words I will
never forget from my mother. I was in my third-and final-year of law school and
my mom was in the hospital, facing the end of her long battle with cancer. I
was shocked to discover that she believed I would become a writer. For the next
few months, we collaborated on the worst, most clichéd historical romance ever