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I was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1968. Met and married my husband, Noel, in 1969. We have a son and a daughter and have recently become 'empty nesters'. An avid reader all my life, I became hooked on Romance novels as a teenager. I didn't start to write until my children entered elementary school and at that time I considered it a hobby. I entered a fiction competition sponsored by Woman's Weekly, a popular British Magazine, and received an encouraging response from an editor who asked for changes to the manuscript. That story didn't sell but I was invited to submit again. A Bid For Happiness was published in 1984. I sold my second manuscript A Piece of Forever to Woman's Weekly in 1987. My third manuscript, A Tender Trail, was sold to Silhouette Books in New York. It was published in 1988 and with this, my first book for Silhouette Romance, I became a finalist in the "Traditional Category" of the 1988 Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Seattle. (The contest was known then as The Golden Medallion, but is now the prestigious "Rita") Throughout the past 10 years I have taught courses on How to Write Romances at various locations in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I also gave a workshop titled 20 Steps to a Better Manuscript at the RWA National Conference in Orlando, 1997 and recently gave this same workshop at a Conference held earlier this spring in Victoria, British Columbia. My 14th Novel, the first in my Diamond Trilogy about a California family who own a race-horse Ranch- A Diamond for Kate is in stores NOW, December, 1999 and will be followed in March 2000 by The Family Diamond and in July 2000 with Denim and Diamond. I was the Past President of the Kiss of Death (KOD) Mystery/Suspense Chapter of RWA. I've always loved reading mystery novels and one of my goals is to write one. In the meantime I'm finding this new endeavor very challenging.