Tintype of my great-grandpa
My darling great-grandma
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my ancestors to enlarge.
My grampa and his horse Babe on their way to court my gramma!
A native Californian, I call the central coast my happy home where I live with my firefighter husband.  Traveling to gorgeous places like Hawaii and the Canadian Rockies, volunteering at the local horse rescue, and cuddling up with my two little grandsons are pretty much the chapters of my life.

I'm a high school English teacher by profession, but romance writing is tons different than the classroom. Thanks to the Romance Writers of America and Los Angeles Romance Authors, I learned how to do it right.

Some of my recognitions include the CTRR Award at CoffeeTime Romance for SANCTUARY, and two first-place RWA chapter awards for MARRYING MINDA. 

I'm honored to write western romance for two amazing publishing houses, The Wild Rose Press  and Prairie Rose Publications.

As Anya Novikov, my stories for the younger set can be best described as Whimsy, History, Mystery, and Eccentricity.