Author has written 3 stories for Phantom of the Opera.
(Updated August 9, 2012)
Interests: Les Miserables (especially the movie opening this December with Hugh Jackman!) and Phantom of the Opera (the movie, the music and Gerard Butler)
Romance novels-- Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Mary Balough, Johanna Lindsey, etc.
Classical music, especially the opera-- and double especially anything Placido Domingo sings!
My favorite movie star is Hugh Jackman, although Gerry Butler is a close second. I was extremely fortunate to see Hugh perform on Broadway in November 2011-- he is an amazing singer, dancer and actor.
Cats-- I was privileged to belong to an American Short Hair gray tabby for 21 years. She owned my heart...
I don't watch TV much-- my favorite show is NCIS. Mostly all I want from TV is the weather report! :-}
I suppose you could say I'm a World War II buff-- my dad was in the Army (Corps of Engineers) and helped build the Alcan (Alaska) Highway, then served in the India-Burma-China Theatre, working on the Burma Road. I also am interested in the Great Depression-- again, probably because my parents lived through it and reading about it helps me understand them a little better.
Other info: married, no children; former high school teacher, now working as a church secretary. Like a lot of other people, I'd love to be able to stay at home and not have to work, but those pesky bills just keep coming. I live in the Missouri Bootheel, not far from where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet. I'm not technologically advanced enough to have a Web site, and even if I did, there wouldn't be much on it-- as you can tell from this bio, I'm a kind of boring person! (And most of the time I really hate talking about myself!) I belonged to the Romance Writers of America for over 10 years and learned innumerable things about good writing from those talented people.
I have three Phantom of the Opera stories here that are completed: No One But Her; its sequel, Nothing But Love; and A Song in the Night.
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