Since Zebra published my first novel, "Passion's Lady," in 1985, I have published twelve novels, six short stories, and a novella as Sara Blayne, and four other novels as Johanna Hailey. I have received the Romantic Times certificate of excellence for four of my Zebra Regencies, and "An Elusive Guardian" was A Little Romance's finalist for Best Regency of the Year. I was honored with the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 1998-1999.

I was born in historic Las Vegas, New Mexico, nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos and overlooking a landscape of sweeping mesas. I grew up steeped in the mystique of the Old West with Zane Grey romances among my favorite books. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood are picnicking and fishing along the Gallinas River with my family, which is undoubtedly why fishing figures in so many of my stories. I met my husband Steve when I was working to complete my master's degree in English at Eastern New Mexico University, and a year later we were married. I taught English at Eastern New Mexico University for five years, but resigned to rear our son Caleb. A little over two years later, we were blessed with our daughter Kathryn. It was, for me, a dream come true.

In between rearing a family and helping out on the farm, I continued my life-long pursuit of writing. It was not until I stumbled on to a Georgette Heyer Regency that I felt as if I had finally come home. I sat down and began what was to become my very first published Regency Romance, "Passion's Lady." It took me two years of writing during the babies' naps, but I finally finished it.

Today, along with babysitting for my new grandson Morgan William, I am working on my seventeenth novel, a traditional Regency entitled "A Noble Heart," which is the fourth in the series about the Powell family of seven children.

I love to hear from my fans. My mailing address is 1394 South Roosevelt Rd. 15, Portales, NM 88130.