I live in Texas with my husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals ranging from dogs to lizards and everything in-between. I’ve been an avid reader from the moment I was able to sound out my first word. Madeleine L’Engle and Eva Ibbotson were among my favorite authors growing up. I’ve always loved to read in many different genres, but during high school I discovered my affinity for historical romance. Some of my favorite authors are Julia Quinn, Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Sherry Thomas, and of course, Jane Austen. There will always be a special place in my heart for Jennifer Blake, the author of the very first historical romance I ever read, Royal Seduction.
My books are set in Regency England and in Imperial Russia during the early 1800s. I’ve read so much Regency romance it was a natural extension for me to start writing it, and the opportunity to study the Russian language in eighth grade sparked a lifelong love of Russian culture and history. I had the chance to travel to Russia during high school, and from the first moment I stepped into the Great Hall at Tsarskoe Selo, I could imagine myself dressed in a fabulous ball gown, waltzing with a handsome prince at one of Empress Elizabeth’s lavish balls. I had similar experiences touring Pavlovsk and Peterhof, and to this day I continue to be awed by the opulence and splendor of Imperial Russia during its golden age.
In all I’ve been to St. Petersburg three times, and I recently had the chance to join my husband during a business trip to London. Though the trip was much too short, I was especially drawn to the history surrounding Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle.
At best I’m a mediocre photographer, but I hope these pictures will give you a sense of the settings I imagine as I write.