Writing about myself is not as easy as penning a saga about fictitious characters.  Where to start?  What to add?  What to leave out?  Don’t want to bore you with stories of my childhood…when I walked, got potty-trained, talked…so I’ll start with the more interesting stuff.

I started making up fairytale stories before I could write, even wrote a play which was performed by my class in high school, but I didn’t complete my first story until I finished my PhD in chemistry and decided to be a stay-at-home mother. The first books I wrote were picture books about the adventures of a little lion called Little Leo and his pet Cockatoo.  My kids got a kick out of hearing me read them out aloud.  Then I moved to mid-grade chapter books.  Their favorite was Goldilocks before the Three Bears.  Then I tried my hand at contemporary romance and romantic suspense. That didn’t go so well and besides, I couldn’t read them to my children.

And the little munchkins grew and became teens and moody and impossible to please…digressing again.  As teens. my babies wanted to read teen books. Vampires and werewolves were in.  A professor of mine once told me that you can either be the first or the best at what you do.  I wasn’t too keen on jumping on the vampire/werewolf bandwagon, so being first was out.  And I couldn’t see myself being the best, self-taught writer that I am.  So I decided to write something different–the fallen angels. 

The idea for Awakened (originally named The Awakening)rose from the inner recesses of my mind after a friend told me the stories of kris/keris daggers. All I knew was that the weapon had to be at the center of my story. Soon the characters formed in my head and wouldn’t leave me alone, especially an orphaned girl named Lil.

Finding a home for Awakened wasn’t easy.  Books about fallen angels by other authors hit the shelves while I was still trying to find an agent and an editor willing to take a chance on me.

Like most of my stories, Awakenedis full of romance, mystery and adventure. I believe in the power of love, and that’s why I spice up my stories with romance. 

I live in picturesque valley in northern Utah with my husband, five children and two cats…one is with ADHD.





MBA: What does the future hold for the “The Fitzgerald Family series “?

There’s so much going on in this family and the fact that most of them are unmarried makes their future limitless. I’m just here for the ride. They are a forceful lot and every one of them wants their story told.

For instance, Jade came out of a bad marriage and has reinvented herself, so the next man who crosses her path gets the ride of his life. The good thing is Vince Knight is unflappable…or rather he was before he met Jade.

Faith, Ashley’s other cousin, is at a crossroad career-wise and must deals with an ex-partner. We get to meet a character from Slow Burn.

Baron, you meet him in Slow Burn too, is the gallery owner, male cousin. You’ll get to read his tango with a certain employee before the year is over. In his story, you meet his twin, Chase, and in Jade’s story you meet Lex, their oldest brother. I’ll let readers decide whose story they want to read next.

Then there’s Eddie, the hot-tempered cop. I love Eddie. I’m itching to write his story but the girl for him hasn’t gelled in my head yet.



MBA: Tell your readers a little about you that most people don’t know?

I’m a chemist. I mean, I synthesized polymers and chemicals that could be used in the next generation of electronics. But when I decided to be a stay-at-home mother of 9, that includes DH and 2 cats, I needed an outlet for my creativity. Chemists create stuff too…you know, new chemicals, so I tapped into that creativity. I’m a self-taught writer, though I see myself as a work-in-progress. Like wine, I’m getting better with age.

MBA: What do you hope readers will gain or get from reading “Slow Burn”?

I hope they’ll see that closure is important especially when it impedes your progress as a person. I think we grow, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. If one of those aspects stops growing, we never feel satisfied or happy. Sometimes we have the strength to do it on our own, and others times we need something or someone acting as a catalyst. Ashley had to face her demons/her past, to open herself to love and the next chapter of her life.

MBA: Do you have a deep connection to your characters and why?

I lost my mother when I was 12 going on 13, so yes, I drew from that pain and the trauma I felt to delve into Ashley’s psyche. Of course, that was over 30 years ago, but some things you just never forget.

MBA: Who do you credit for your love of writing and why?

My mother and Stratemeyer—creator of Nancy Drew mysteries. I grew up with 7 siblings (5 brothers and 2 sisters) and they were all over-achievers. Being the second-last born, I did what they did, and my mother encouraged it. My mother pushed reading and writing. We didn’t have a lot of books growing up, so I started with the bible, which I read as I would a novel. Then I found Nancy Drew and I was hooked on mysteries.


MBA: What kind of research went into writing “Slow Burn”?

I researched a lot of things. I live in Utah but the Fitzgeralds live in L.A. and the surrounding cities, so I research everything—streets, restaurants, buildings, houses, the weather, the time the sun sets and rises, the pulse of the city at certain times. Then there are the characters. Ron fights wildfire with the Hotshot organization, so I researched the training that goes into it and the organization itself. I talked to a local firefighter, who was very helpful. Ron’s best friend is a P.I. with amazing state-of-the-art gizmos, so I researched counter-surveillance gadgets for his character. Finally, Ashley, an artists and photographer…I interviewed an artist over the phone and visited a local one in his studio to understand the process of creating paintings. I love photography, so I didn’t have to research anything there, but I had to talk to a hypnotherapist to understand what goes on during a session. Research is tedious, but I love it because I learn cool stuff and make what I write authentic.

 MBA: Can you give your readers any juicy tidbits for the next book in this series?


The next book is Jade’s story. Here’s the blurb:

She’s armed with a new attitude and a kick-ass wardrobe….

By age twenty-eight, art historian Jade Fitzgerald has had a marriage from hell and an equally nasty divorce, worked hard to control her weight and her arrhythmia. The last thing she needs is another man messing with her head or shooting her heartbeat off course. That is exactly what she gets when an aloof and mysterious stranger storms into her life.

He’s not easily impressed, or so he thinks….

Former investigative reporter Vince Knight is on a quest to recover a priceless, ancient Mayan artifact, which he believes Jade’s mother stole.  He’s skilled at gathering information while remaining emotionally detached, until he meets Jade.  The voluptuous woman stirs in him a hunger he hasn’t felt in a long time and a protectiveness he can’t explain.    

Neither of them expects passion to flare so fast or danger to dodge their footsteps. To defeat a ruthless art collector with a twisted agenda, Jade and Vince must learn to trust each other and embrace their growing feelings.

         Meanwhile, an insane man plots to add Jade to his collection of beautiful and rare things.



Link where you can find Slow Burn:


Barnes &Nobles

Smashwords or (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/50822)

Goodreads or (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10750656-slow-burn)



Link to Slow Burn’s book trailer






  • Publisher:Firetrail Publishing (April 27, 2011)
  • ISBN-10:0983429707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983429708

Product Description

She doesn’t want to deal with the past…. Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire and her mind blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer, until she opens her door to a stranger, assumes he’s a model and asks him to strip to his briefs. He plans to expose the truth… Wealthy businessman Ron Noble has the body, the jet, the fast cars and the women, but he hides a deadly secret. His father started the fire that killed Ashley’s parents. Now someone is leaving him clues that could exonerate his father and they lead to Ashley’s door. Blindsided by the blazing attraction between them and a merciless killer silencing anyone who was there the night of the fire, Ron can’t dare tell Ashley the truth. Yet the answer he seeks may very well tear them apart. While a demented arsonist lots his ultimate revenge…


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