Writer, fencer, photographer, dancer, and . . . Um . . . A lot of other words that end in ER. I live in Fort Smith, Arkansas with my husband, Ryan, and my dog Essie. I'm convinced that ferrets are plotting to take over the world. Which probably tells you all you need to know about me. In August 2004, I earned my first degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Since then, I've taken a break from eastern martial arts to more seriously pursue Renaissance fencing in the Society for Creative Anachronism. During my eastern martial Arts study, I also learned Olympic style sabre and epee, but since joining the SCA, I have fenced with a schlager.
I've been writing seriously since I was twelve. Early on in life, I was warped (in a good way) by Selina Rosen. You see, I decided that I wanted to be a professional writer when I was still in junior high. Turns out that my aunt knew a writer. She introduced us, and Selina started editing my first stories.
Because at that point I was reading whatever Selina happened to be published in, it's pretty unsurprising that a lot of my early influences came out of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine.
I mostly drifted away from writing in college as I picked up a camera and discovered photography. At that time I was getting heavily involved in online fandom. Yes, I did write fanfiction. Yes, it is still available on the web. No, I'm not proud of it. It's extremely unedited, and not very good, to be quite frank. If you do find it, and decide to read it, fine. But please don't tell me about it.
Anyway, a few years later, I went to Aggie Con. There, a lot of people I knew were involved in paneling for various projects. So I started thinking: hey, I could do that! (writing professionally, not paneling)
In 2001, I got out of a bad relationship and moved home. In 2002, I met my husband (wonderful, supportive man he is). As an added bonus, he's great at editing my stories. So what can you do when your #1 fan turns out to be a terrific editor as well? Well, I married the guy in 2004. Which just goes to prove that I am one smart cookie.
In 2005, My first novel, Tranquilty, was released through Yard Dog Press.