I was so excited when I bought my first book (age 3) that my mom left the car light on so I could read it on the way home.
My love of (some could say unhealthy obsession with) reading led to writing, a pair of glasses at fourteen and an allergy to sunlight (kidding about the sunlight part). My writing career got off to a shaky start after my seventh grade English teacher accused me of plagiarizing my first short story.
Apparently, she didn't think an eleven-year-old could write a sweeping fantasy epic involving unicorns (we were supposed to turn in fifteen pages but I turned in forty). I had an obsession at the time with unicorns. And rainbows. And My Little Pony. Anyway, I digress. So I pretty much have always wanted to be a writer.
I grew up in Mesquite, Texas, which for those of you who like livestock shows, is the home of the Mesquite Rodeo. Ironically, Mesquite was named after Mesquite trees, only none of them now exist in the city, which is about fifteen minutes east of Dallas. No, I don't own a pair of cowboy boots, although I do own quite an impressive collection of black shoes. My Dad is a third-generation Japanese-American, and my mom is a second-generation Texan who's mostly English, or at least claims to be because of her anglophile nature.
I went to school at the University of Pennsylvania, only I'm not sure how I got in. I think these days they only accept students who can solve String Theory. Anyway, I majored in English, and because my dad said "and just what are you going to do with an English degree?" I went to work for the school newspaper. After college, I spent four years as a newspaper reporter, working for an overly excitable editor who sent me running anytime the police scanner went off. I was working insane hours for next to no pay, but now I know exactly how the justice system works.
I always knew I wanted to write fiction, but I got serious about it after I left my newspaper job and went to work for a marketing firm. My first book was for adults and it was called "I Do (But I Don't)" and was eventually made into a Lifetime Original Movie. I've written three other adult books (Pink Slip Party, Dixieland Sushi and I Did (But I Wouldn't Now). Wuthering High is my first book for teens, and I had a lot of fun writing it.
When I was in high school, I was what my teacher-friend calls a "lit nerd" which is that I really did enjoy reading the classics. The idea of bringing them to life was too fun to resist, which is what the Bard Academy series does.
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