I’ve always been a geek. Growing up I was a complete book worm, an avid fantasy and sci fi fan, and I was drawn to all things science—and today, none of that has changed.
As a teenager I dreamed of becoming an astronomer, a botanist, a biochemist—of making some sort of mark in the field of science. And my dream came true, after eight long years at university I gained my doctorate in plant biochemistry. I worked for a number of years in crown research institutes, a university, and in the private sector. But that came to a halt after an accident left me recovering from knee surgery, with nothing to do but stare up at the ceiling while I recovered, wondering what to do next.
My defining moment as a reader also came during my teenage years—when my Aunt gave me a box of romance novels to read. I fell in love with romantic suspense stories featuring men and women battling the enemy, and fighting for a happy ever after, all with the odds stacked against them. I was obsessed (and am still obsessed) with blockbuster movies Top Gun and Navy SEALs, and the Sci Fi TV shows Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Stargate SG1. Talk about hot men trying to save the world (or the universe), all while falling head over heels in love with their equally strong and smart heroines.
So with this all in the back of my mind, a spark of an idea formed while I recovered from surgery. I would write a book, a romance novel with action, drama, and a big dash of romance—featuring true to life heroes, heroines I could admire, and a romance which would endure.
And write the book, I did. And then I wanted to write another…
And that leads me to today. I write romantic suspense novels set both in the present, and in the future, using my mad geek and science skills.
I live in the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand (battling strong winds and earthquakes) with my handsome, equally-geeky husband, a little black cat called Missy, and an alarmingly growing collection of Funko Pop! Vinyl collectables.