I was born in St. Petersburg,
Florida and grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of
Mexico. I went, appropriately enough, to Sunshine Elementary School where recess
and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every
school year was the annual fish broil.
It’s hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid back
environment, but I managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read
BEFORE you showed up for school, I forced a neighbor friend to teach me to read
at the age of five. I’ve been reading ever since.
Books, in all forms, are one of my greatest pleasures and best
forms of escape. And they’ve had a major impact on my life.
I went to the University of Georgia after reading Gone with the Wind one
too many times. For a while I re-read Margaret Mitchell’s classic yearly, saw
the movie whenever it played within twenty miles, and could quote large passages
from memory. Today I have a growing GWTW collection, and speaking at the Margaret Mitchell House to launch THE ACCIDENTAL BESTSELLER was an incredible thrill.
college I worked in radio, television, and film. Like Olivia in
AND 7 NIGHTS, I’ve done live talk radio. I hosted a show in the eighties
called Desperate & Dateless, and while I was never locked in an apartment for a
week with a webcam rolling like she was, I did fall in love. Happily, the man
who swept me off my feet consults with financial types and understands the
bottom line. Unlike Olivia’s nemesis, Matt Ransom, my husband has never, to my
knowledge, advised anyone to “love the one they’re with.” With both our sons in college, we live in the Atlanta suburbs where we are adjusting to being empty nesters.
I hope you enjoy
7 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS, LEAVE IT TO CLEAVAGE, HOSTILE MAKEOVER, SINGLE IN SUBURBIA, THE ACCIDENTAL BESTSELLER, MAGNOLIA WEDNESDAYS, TEN BEACH ROAD, OCEAN BEACH and and WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY.
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