After interning at New Line Cinema and living on peanut butter sandwiches, I got my first grown-up job in marketing research with the FOX network. There, I worked the focus groups for television shows and absorbed what kinds of stories and characters make an impact on an audience. After evaluating many scripts and television pilots, I realized that I wanted to be the one telling the stories. I began writing screenplays and then did the last thing an aspiring screenwriter should do. I left Hollywood.

I relocated to Kansas City and continued in marketing research, eventually working for FOX again at the local station. I considered the move a test. I wanted to see if the desire to write stuck with me, or if I'€™d just caught the screenwriting bug in L.A. I joined my first writers'€™ group, continuing to dabble in screenplays while also exploring personal essays and different types of fiction. What I discovered was that the novel is the form of writing I love best.

While planning my wedding, a coworker told me she'™d once been engaged but called it off when she discovered her fiance' was having an affair. Her story, and others like it (which people seemed eager to share), struck a nerve and stayed with me. I understood how easy it could be for a modern bride to get caught up in the whirlwind of planning a wedding, pushing aside that little voice when it says something'€™s wrong. UNBRIDLED HOLIDAY isn'€™t just about a botched engagement. It'€™s about breaking out of a rut, re-evaluating the course of one'€™s life and taking some risks.

My favorite authors include Kim Wright, Jojo Moyes, Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, B.A. Shapiro, Kathleen Tessaro, Adriana Trigiani, Marian Keyes, Peter Mayle, and Jane Austen. I also enjoy travel, wine, interior design, hiking and snow skiing. I currently live in the Denver area with my family and am busy working on my next project.

If you'€™ve read my work, I would greatly appreciate a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. But most of all, thanks for reading!

I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where writing intrigued me in my formative years, but I wasn'€™t about to admit it to anyone, including myself. I went on to study Business/Marketing at the University of Kansas and as soon as the ink dried on my diploma, loaded up my Honda Civic to move to Los Angeles. My goal was to get a marketing job in entertainment, put my degree to use in a stimulating and creative field.