I started reading early and never quit. When I was in sixth grade, I found my mother's stash of romance novels hidden under her bed and realized they were much more interesting than the books in the school library. I devoured Rosemary Rogers, Bertrice Small and, most especially, Kathleen Woodiwiss. I couldn't read fast enough. And I wasn't satisfied. I needed more.
I filled in the gaps with Stephen King and John Saul, Terry Brooks and JRR Tolkien. I scoured flea markets and antique stores for anthologies with titles like TALES OF THE UNDEAD and NAMELESS PLACES. I was on a first-name basis with J. Sheridan LeFanu, Seabury Quinn, Manly Wade Wellman and E.F. Benson. And I read everything I could find by H.P. Lovecraft.
In college, I majored in English and continued to expand my favorites list. Shakespeare, the Canterbury Tales, the Bronte sisters, Mary Shelley. Then I graduated and discovered there wasn't much I could do with an English degree.
That's when I found out they would pay me to write for a living at a newspaper. Want to learn how to write tight and clean? Work for a daily local and condense a three-hour meeting with an angry mob of residents upset about a sewer system overhaul into 15 inches in 20 minutes.
After my sons were born, I freelanced, working at home in my drafty attic office, and developed a two-book-a-day Harlequin habit that turned into a writing habit. My first attempts at romance were firmly rooted in the Harlequin tradition and I sold my first two romances to Avalon Books under the name Stephanie Scott.
But writing sweet romances was not what I'd had in mind. I wanted to write books where people actually got to have sex. I contracted my first erotic romance to Ellora's Cave and never looked back.
I write sexy series that combine heat with heart. Four are linked by Etruscan Magic: Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers, Forgotten Goddesses and Darkly Enchanted. I also write the silly, sexy, humorous Lovers on the Fringe series and the straight contemporary DeMarco Investigations series.
In January 2013, the Salon Games series will begin with BY PRIVATE INVITATION and continue with NO RESERVATIONS. I'm also writing a short, erotic piece for inclusion in an anthology with erotic authors Cari Quinn, Olivia Cunning, Cherie Lynn and Raven Morris.
I'm happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and I'm the mother of two sons who love me even when they don't have any clean clothes and dinner is a bowl of cereal.