Maureen_001Ihave enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory of knowing I had a “literary gift” was as a third grader, when I wrote and illustrated a story about a child who stumbled upon a bird’s nest and decided to nurture the orphaned chickadee until its mother returned. I can’t recall whether the story had a happy ending or not, but my teacher, Mrs. Bennett, was so impressed that she predicted I would someday become a writer.

During the summers as a teenager, I preferred the sticky discomfort of my bedroom to hanging outdoors with friends. I would lock myself away for hours, churning out endless stories and surfacing only for quick meals. Is it any wonder my parents and siblings labeled me a certifiable recluse?

I received a B.A. in English with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland College Park. As a former freelance writer, my articles were featured in various magazines, websites, and newspapers including the Baltimore Afro-American and Prince George’s Journal. I did a brief stint as a third grade teacher at a private school in Washington, DC—a gig requiring the patience of Job! I now live in Houston, Texas with my wonderful husband and our two children. When I’m not tending to their incessant needs, I can be found at my computer, sweating over a deadline.

Since the publication of my debut novel in 2002, I have been nominated for seven Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards and numerous Emma Awards. I have won the Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards for New Author of the Year and Romantic Suspense of the Year (Ghosts of Fire). In 2010, I won my first Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year for Secret Agent Seduction. In 2011, I won the RT BOOKreviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Kimani Series Romance for Recipe for Temptation. More awards have followed since then.

To learn more about me and my books, please browse through my website and stay as long as you like!