Writer of Romantic Escapes
Blessed with being married to her best friend, Mimi is an incurable romantic who loves to write romantic escapes about chance encounters that change lives for the better. Author of contemporary romance, historical romance, and paranormal romance, she is also an award-winning Realtor, blogger, and photographer. She is a fifth-generation Floridian who grew up all over the country, but St. Petersburg, Florida is her hometown. She settled in Colorado in the early 1970’s and considers her greatest achievement in life to be her five daughters, who have now given her five grandchildren to spoil.
Water Soothes the Writer’s Soul
When in college in Boulder, Colorado, she loved to hop in her Toyota (‘Cletus’) and tool around the mountains. As much as she loved the mountains, she missed the wide expanse of water of the Gulf of Mexico she could see from her bedroom window growing up in St. Petersburg. Her heart yearned for the sound of waves crashing on a shoreline. During one of her college forays, she came around a mountain pass and saw water – lots and lots of water. Her heart sang. Barker Reservoir in Nederland became a favorite haunt, and she escaped there at every opportunity – to study, to read, to absorb.
Sitting in her car one day, watching angry whitecaps form on the Reservoir as the sky began pouring flakes, it was her first experience with thundersnow, a strange phenomenon of thunder reverberating in the confined space of heavy clouds.
The years moved her down the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, but no amount of aquariums or ponds could satisfy her soul’s longing for water. On an afternoon outing, she and her husband drove along back trails to Boulder and found themselves in Nederland. She felt like she’d found an old friend.
When she decided to write a book, she used a profession (Realtor) and location (Nederland) that were familiar. At the back of Thunder Snow is the first chapter for Book 2 in her series. Rushing to get it to the printer but not able to think of a name for the second book, she knew it would be a three-part series and was eager to hit the ‘send’ button on the manuscript. Tossing title ideas around with a friend, her husband quietly interjected, “How about Thunder Struck?” The Thunder on the Mountain Series was born.