Okay, on to the topic. Um. Five things? Well, here goes...
- One of my first jobs was as the Easter Bunny. At the local mall, taking pictures with little kids. I still sometimes wonder about the long-term effects of sitting there wearing a giant plastic-and-fake-fur head, breathing in the Lysol fumes for hours.
- My first three (unpublished) romances were targeted to the 'sweet' romance market. (Read: no sex.) If you've read any of my books, you'll understand why this might be a surprise. J After my third manuscript was done, I decided to try (in the words of Monty Python) something completely different. I wrote Taking the Cake, and the rest is history!
- As a teen, I worked in the ticket booth at an old movie theater in a not-so-good area of my hometown. One day, I received a delivery from the florist down the block – a beautiful crystal bowl, with two full-blown roses floating in it. A passionate, earnest, anonymous letter was attached. Problem is, I was filling in for someone else that day, and neither of our names was on the card. To this day, I still joke about being the only person I know who's received a love letter addressed to "occupant".
- I once sang karaoke in a Philippine restaurant in the middle of downtown Munich, Germany. (They had a very limited repertoire of English-language songs – I ended up muddling my way through the theme from Mahogany.)
- I first started reading romance when my second child was born. So – five and a half years now? It's absolutely amazing to me, just to think about it, because I'm such a diehard fan these days. Well, better late than never!