Personal Stuff -- I met my husband swimming at Mountain View Masters. I used swimming in the morning as a back drop to meeting one of the love interests in my first book, Juliette. BTW, Zach is not my husband, though my husband is an engineer, college swimmer, and when I met him he swam in lane eight -- the shark tank.
Work Stuff -- I've spent many years working high-tech in Silicon Valley at both large companies and start-ups. This has given me plenty of war stories and a rich understanding of how things work in the valley. I use this as a back drop to my stories.
Family Stuff -- I'm a mom of a wonderful teen age daughter. Coaching my daughter's soccer team was the inspiration for the Princess series. I watched all these wonderful girls and imagined what they would be like in ten years. The Prince stories were inspired by all the single 30-somthings I know who are all working hard and still looking for that someone special.
Most of my stories take place in Silicon Valley. Not only do I live in Silicon Valley but I find it a unique and dynamic place with lots of smart people who work really hard. It also has its own culture I rarely find correctly represented in our media. I think most people who write about Silicon Valley have never worked at a Silicon Valley high-tech company. In other words, they really don't understand why it is they way that it is, they just write about the manifestations of what they see. I hope my books are a fun, under the cover look, at high tech Silicon Valley style.
In 2012, I had a cardiac arrest, spent four days in a coma, and lost ten days of my memory. With my damaged heart, I spent the rest of the year laying on my couch trying to get oxygen to my muscles and reading ... a lot. I found I liked books that have a first person narrative, are relationship driven and have a happy ending. These three characteristics were in all romance novels.
What I didn't see in most of the books was intelligent women with a strong group of friends and a good relationship with their family. Since I have no desire to fix a broken man or date a bad boy I found the typical romance men to be unappealing.
I got my idea for my books from living and working in Silicon Valley. I decided I would write my series about the men and women I meet every day. Intelligent women who have a job and future and reliable men who have their act together.
In my first series "The Princesses", the drama is all from growing pains. All those misconceived notions you have and need to get over. My second series "The Princes", I've aged up my protagonists. They're now in their thirties. They no longer have growing pains, they've figured out who they are and are now dealing with life issues.