I wanted to be a historical writer from the moment I picked up my first book. Not for me the dolls and tea parties stories ... I went straight for a long series of children-through-the-ages books, starting with The Little Cave Boy and Girl, and read through every one of them with an increasing fascination for the tales of people who lived in a different time. And that fascination has only increased.
Growing up, I wrote Christmas stories for my school paper, won a "Why I Love My City" essay contest and bought some exotic makeup with the money prize. (Sorry, Mom, I meant to save it.) Later I wrote the class play and loved that laughter and applause. I even began collecting rejection slips from women’s magazines when I was in high school. Once when I turned in a book report, I added imagined scenes I thought should have been in the book. I overheard my teacher read them aloud to another class and say, "Someday, Jeane will be a novelist." Bless you, Miss Stanley, wherever you are. I took a great many detours in life, but your words were sealed forever in my heart.
In my very early twenties, I joined the army and spent six years as a cryptographer at the Pentagon, at NATO headquarters in Europe and on various red-clay military posts in the south. It was a great experience and gave me some of the background for my first novel, Love and Glory about the original women soldiers of WWII. This book sold to CBS for a mini-series and was eventually published in England, Israel, Sweden, Italy, and France. College, marriage and motherhood followed my military service, along with various jobs for national animal advocacy organizations, for which I’ve worked in a variety of ways until recently.
My professional writing career began with a humorous camping disaster article for my local newspaper. National newspaper and magazine articles followed until I moved on to non-fiction books and then to long hardback historical novels. My second novel, Swing Sisters came out of my youthful love of jazz, the major record collections I carted about the country and from wondering what women’s role was during the early years of that special American music.
Soon after this second novel, I joined a writer’s critique group and began to hear other writers’ historical romance works in progress, to read romance again and eventually to write Lady Anne’s Dangerous Man, (Signet/Eclipse, January 2006) set in the England of 1665. I quickly realized I was having the most fun that I’d ever had in front of a computer screen. Who wouldn’t? I spent every day in a hidden forest encampment with John Gilbert, the sexiest, most handsome road-rogue/lover who ever pulled a rapier on a ladyand then taught her to use it. I was there as my Gentleman Johnny helped the betrayed Lady Anne to love and to trust love againa lady and a job that would have defeated any lesser man. What a trip! I hope you’ll enjoy John and Anne’s exciting, sensual adventures as much as I did. And I’d very much like to hear what you think.
And watch for my second historical from Signet/Eclipse set in the Restoration theater of King Charles II entitled Lady Katherne’s Wild Ride, coming in August, 2006.