I began my writing career at age five with a number of lavishly illustrated Westerns, which were lovingly preserved for posterity by my first fan (Thanks, Mom!) As you can see from the early cowgirl garb, I believe in immersing myself in the mood and character of my stories! (And in case you are wondering, I’m still lousy at spelling. Thank God for auto correct—though that in itself can create some highly amusing results!)
I have since moved on to writing about Regency England, (clearly I have a thing for Men in Boots!) an era that has fascinated me ever since I picked up a copy of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. (Sorry, no picture of me in my ballgown and tiara—though you have to admit my party dress and pearls are pretty swanky.)
Books have always been an important part of my life. I have always been a voracious reader, and I have always had a very vivid imagination . . . so much so that I think at times it worried my parents that I was so happy in my own little world, drawing pictures and creating stories. My teachers will also tell you that I was the class history geek, even in grade school. I think what has always captivated me is the endlessly unfolding stories-within-stories of how individuals struggle inwardly and outwardly to define their place in their world.
I have a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University, where I studied book design (As you see, I’ve always had a left brain-right brain love affair with art and the printed word.) These days, when I’m not tethered to my keyboard I enjoy traveling to interesting destinations around the world—however, my favorite spot is London, where the esoteric museums, funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for my stories.
p.s. I also write Regency-set historical romances, which are sexier than these traditional Regencies, under the pen name Cara Elliott. And I write Regency-set historical mysteries under the pen name Andrea Penrose.)