Life has taken a turn maybe I should have seen coming, starting with my husband’s death and culminating with the return of my oldest son’s cancer. Even with those emotional hits, I keep on writing because that’s who and what I am, but for several years Vella Munn stepped into the shadows while I concentrated on erotic romances under a pen name.

That sexy writer has retired, probably never to return which is fine. I’m back at my roots, specifically contemporary and historical romances, at least three of them with more than a touch of the paranormal.

To my surprise, this summer the idea for a three book mystery series took hold of my imagination and I’m concentrating on what to me is a new adventure. I’m not going to say much about the mystery at this point because it might take yet another turn. I’m having a great time with suspects and am no longer sure I know who the villain is.

I’m the proud literary parent of not one, not two, but three series that are all live and for sale. (Hint, hint) Let’s see if I can remember them. Yep, I believe I can.

  1. The Montana Lakeside series which consists of five contemporary romance books (actually four books and a novella) is set, of course, in Montana. As a nature lover, I wanted to focus on how a wilderness setting impacts men and women in need of second chances and a place to call home.
  2. The Soul Searchers Native American historical romance series. There are four books in this series, so named because the Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Hopi, and Navajo are determined to honor their heritage while dealing with change. I started this historical journey by publishing the Soul Survivors series. I did a ton of research while writing a total of eight books about tribes and am so glad I did. It was a journey of the heart for me.
  3. The Feral Justice three-book romantic suspense/thriller series. Describing these books is more complex than I want to admit. Truth is, I’m not sure whether they’re primarily romantic suspense or thriller. What I do know is I was determined to give life to characters and several wo-wo dogs that will do whatever is necessary to make animal abusers pay for their crimes. Nope, not light and fluffy stories.

Moving to the present, I’m excited about a couple of very different projects I’ve wrapped up. Because I’m never sure how my mind functions, I can’t say how or why I decided to tackle a historic romance series set in a remote California gold camp in 1883. I grew up in part in a logging town (population 121 when I lived there) that came into being during California’s gold rush so the setting wrote itself. I loved creating a small, isolated community full of fleshed out men and women plus a couple of precious girls and a young deer.

And just to prove, maybe to myself, that I haven’t forgotten everything I learned as a reporter, I wrote a piece for a nonfiction book a friend edited about what attending a one-room schoolhouse was like. My younger sister and I were two of the seventeen students in eight grades that my mother taught. We loved the experience.

My grandfather, Homer Eon Flindt (Flint) was a writer. I feel blessed because I have custody of his published work and worked with a publisher who got the collection back in print as The 26th Golden Age of Science Fiction MEGAPACK ®: Homer Eon Flint Kindle Edition.

Sadly, Grandpa was murdered when my mother was six. I wrote and published his biography, calling it Grandfather Lost.