I grew up in New England surrounded by a lot of history and story telling by my father who was from the Mid-Coast of Maine. What I remember of my mother was her love of fairy tales, the wee people and poetry. So it’s no wonder I would one day write.
I actually started writing at a very young age, mostly poetry but I always loved playing with words. I also loved books and before I even learned to read I would sit and pour over the books that had belonged to my mother. Works by writers such as Dante and Shakespeare filled the shelves. When I was about 6, I remember trying to read a first edition copy of Ivanhoe that belonged to her.
I have always expressed myself better on paper, I seem to stumble over words when I talk. It probably has to do with writing being in my blood. Louisa May Alcotts’s Grandmother was a cousin of my Great, great Grandfather Bronson. I found this through doing genealogy of both sides of my family back in the 80s.
Always hearing history from my father gave me a very early love of that. I also went with him on jobs, he was a carpenter and he did a lot of work at Strawberry Bank in Portsmouth, NH and the surrounding historic homes so I was always near by, looking and absorbing the atmosphere.
All that translated into me getting into genealogy and working on both family histories in the early 80s-90s. I also helped with research for Historical Societies and family histories. This would lay the foundation for research for my books.
Fast forward to the late 90s I moved from New Hampshire to Texas to go to linguistics school . Then onto Cambodia for 11+ years. Many of those years were tumultuous . For a woman who hated heat and spiders I got a full dose but I loved the people and their culture. I learned some about the Ancient Khmer from Chandler’s “A History of Cambodia”. He worked at the Embassy in the early 90s when it was just a mission.
Again fast forward to 2009 my son Brendan Moriarty called and asked me to write a book about the Kings of Angkor. His idea at that point I couldn’t grasp. I said no. Not to be deterred he would wait a bit but in the very early spring of 2010 he asked me to do some research, knowing how well I loved to do just that… he said he needed it for his movie idea for The Kings of Angkor… Before we got done I said I not only wanted to do research for him I wanted to write the book. What he wanted and what I envisioned was a lot different but that was fine with him.
So began my writing career… well not entirely. I had started a novel back in Cambodia that Brendan later titled “The Lioness”. That book was finally published Summer of 2015.
I finished “The Kings of Angkor: Army of a Thousand Elephants” and it was published in 2012. A year later, 2013 I self- published “One Thousand Years to Forever : The Making of a Queen”, The first of My Beloved Vampire Series. November 2013 it’s sequel “I’ve Been Waiting for You” came out. 2015 saw the 2nd edition of The Kings of Angkor.
All of my books to date are:
The Kings of Angkor:Army of a Thousand Elephants
One Thousand Years to Forever (Vol.1 of My Beloved Vampire Series)
I’ve Been Waiting for You (Vol.2 of My Beloved Vampire Series)
Redemption at Midnight,(Vol.3 of My Beloved Vampire Series)
The Witchling Grows Up (Book One in the Family Pendragon Series)
Her Protector (Book 2 of the Family Pendragon Series)
Emma Brewster: Too Hot to Handle (Book 1 of The Brewster Witches Series)
Susanna Brewster Gets Her Man (Book 2 of the Brewster Witches Series)
I have two other works on the back burner that will require a lot of research. One is a mystery with a lot of history and the other a sweeping WWII era novel.
When I am not writing, I’m reading. Of course I love Romance but I can’t read the same genre that I write so I read mysteries, memoirs and history… I love history, especially Medieval and WWII.
I don’t generally watch TV but I love Downton Abbey.
My favorite authors… Mmmm, well let me see. Jane Austen, the late Elizabeth Peters, LM Montgomery, Loretta Chase, J.R.Ward , Sharon Kay Penman and Pamela Kaufman to name a few that come to mind.
What do I do when I am not writing? I am a mother of seven, 2 still at home. I have a home filled with pets, four dogs and six cats. I write seven days a week.So that is a bit out this author. I love hearing from my readers so please connect with me either here or on my author page on facebook.