I'm a Jersey girl through and through having grown up in the northwest corner of the state where green valleys are tucked between mountain ranges, and livestock and crops rule instead of concrete and stoplights (we do have them, of course). But make no mistake, my favorite place (not the show) is the Jersey Shore. Nothing beats its sun-drenched beaches, rolling surf and found-no-where-else-in-the-world boardwalk where sizzling Italian sausage-and-pepper sandwiches try to drown out the pinging bells from games of chance.
My stories feature strong men and even stronger women and are themed around hope and courage after being betrayed by those tasked with keeping the rules. I have to admit to you, dear reader, that my passion for servicemen and women (whether military, government or local law enforcement) comes from a place foreign to me. Neither my husband nor my son have served (though my son-in-law and our father's had) yet those stories -- successes and tragedies -- haunt me like tethered ghosts. These brave men and women love and laugh and fight to the death for strangers like a mother fights for her child, all while trying to balance the professional with the personal. This debut series is born on that balance and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I had giving them a voice.
When not writing or reading, I like to garden and decorate (I have a lapsed Certified Interior Decorator certificate) and attempt to exercise. I am a dark chocolate addict (no surprise) and a fan of classic/hard rock from Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd and Aerosmith to Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. I'm obsessed with the movies Young Frankenstein, The Blues Brothers and The Princess Bride (which says a lot about my sense of humor) and anything starring the late Paul Walker (RIP). When the New York Rangers aren't playing hockey, I like to watch NCIS, Suits and Supernatural and while I can cook (I'm Italian after all), I am extremely messy and have decided at this point in my life that it's entirely overrated. Thank goodness my husband isn't fussy and our nest is empty. For now, while our retirement spot remains elusive, we take turns caring for the cats our children left behind.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon. The coffee pot is always on.