“Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame.”
-Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
About The Author
What I write:
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Paranormal romance, fantasy adventure, contemporary romance, and science fiction for young adults set in present-day featuring fresh, interesting characters.
The last five YA books I’ve read
(in no particular order): Voyage of the Defiance by S.E. Smith, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson, School's Out Forever (Maximum Ride Novel 2) by James Patterson, Saving the World (Maximum Ride Novel 3) by James Patterson. (This is such a terrific series. I read book two in the series first by mistake, but I was hooked by the first page and read it all the way through. Books 4 and 5 are not as captivating as the initial trilogy, but I can't get enough of the characters. Who is my favorite? Max of course, but I love Fang, Angel, Iggy, and all the rest of them, too.)
What I'm reading right now:
Winger by Andrew Smith.
Some of my favorite books and authors
: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, Bel Canto and The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Stand (unabridged version), Salem’s Lot, Insomnia and many other books by Stephen King, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
Some of my favorite movies
: The Hunger Games, Heathers, The Twilight Saga, World War Z, Divergent, The Craft, Thirteen Going on Thirty, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Vampire Academy, 10 Things I Hate About You, Jawbreaker, Say Anything, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Juno, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dead Poet’s Society, Clueless, Better Off Dead, Mean Girls, St. Elmo’s Fire, The Matrix, Blade, and Underworld.
My favorite television shows
: Supernatural (I love Sam and Dean!), One Tree Hill, The OC, Dawson's Creek, Charmed, Glee, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Big Bang Theory.
Mottos I live by
: (1) When life gets too intense, memorize everything going on around you so you can use it later in a book. (2) When life gets WAY too intense, go hide out in a book or movie theater.
Junk food I can’t live without:
Popcorn, pistachios, Vosges Fire Bars, and Diet Coke.
How to contact me
: Click on one of the social media buttons displayed on this site, email me at: email@example.com, check out the Conferences & Appearances page or send me a message here
has been a book addict since the fifth grade. She wrote her first mini book in seventh grade about a trio of competitive cat siblings and won an award for it. She was named Journalist of the Year her senior year. As the youngest of six children (all avid readers), she read everything from E.B. White, Judy Blume, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C.S. Lewis, VC Andrews, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, Agatha Christie and every other book she could get her hands on. In 1988 she read Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice and her fascination with vampires began.
is a legal assistant for a prominent Chicago law firm. Her love affair with her home city began when as a teen she and her family went on an architectural tour. It was solidified over the next few years when she was invited to the musical, Les Miserables, at the beautiful Auditorium Theater, attended a performance at the Lyric Opera for the first time, went to several rock concerts at incredible venues and had her first of many visits to the Art Institute. Her favorite pizza? Lou Malnotti’s for pan pizza and her brother Danny's homemade pizza for thin crust (seriously...no restaurant can touch it). Her love of the windy city makes it an ideal setting for all of her books to date.
Cool Facts About Chicago
-What is Chicago named after? The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated by some sources as "wild leek" or "wild onion" or "wild garlic," from the Miami-Illinois language.
-Harold Washington Library (The Chicago Public Library) is the world's largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.
-The world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company, was built in Chicago in 1885.
-The term "Jazz" was coined in Chicago in 1914. The city's native musicians included band leader Benny Goodman and drummer Gene Krupa.
-The most haunted place in Chicago?
The Congress Plaza Hotel has the nefarious distinction of being one of Chicago’s largest and most haunted hotels. According to Ursula Bielski, some even believe one of its rooms inspired Stephen King’s short story “1408.” Since 1893, the Congress has played host to gangsters, celebrities, millionaires, and presidents. In recent years, it has suffered from the longest hotel employee strike in history. Its ghosts are numerous. Security guards have heard organ music and the sound of skate wheels sliding across the floor in the Florentine Room, a former roller skating rink, after the guests have gone to bed. Wedding attendees have gone missing from photographs taken around the grand piano in the Gold Room, and a one-legged man has been seen in the south tower. In the north tower, moans have been heard coming from the elevator on the fifth floor. Finally, the twelfth floor is believed to be home to a room so frightening that its door has been permanently sealed and hidden behind wall paper.
- Chicago's Top 10 Most Haunted Places, by Michael Kleen
American Library Association (ALA)
Young Adult subchapter of ALA
Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal subchapter of RWA
RWA Windy City Local Chapter
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
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-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower