I'm currently living in Kansas, but have lived most of my life in the Los Angeles area. I have fond hopes of being able to move back to the West Coast.

For 20 years I worked in television production before becoming a full time writer. For many years photography was my avocation and at one time I thought I might like to be a travel photographer. Research showed me that I had a better chance of marketing my photographs to magazines if they included an article, so that's when and how I started writing…non-fiction magazine articles to accompany my photographs. I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the writing process. The writing eventually segued into fiction and novels.

With 21 novels published by Harlequin/Silhouette under the pseudonym of Shawna Delacorte, I discovered ebooks and had my first one published in January 2006.

In addition to writing full time, I've also been teaching an 8 week fiction writing class at the state university twice a year since 1997. I love to travel and have visited the UK several times.

 

Samantha Gentry's typical day

As soon as I wake up, Harrison (my houseboy) draws my scented bath. By the time I've finished bathing and am dressed he has prepared a champagne brunch which he serves on the terrace next to the swimming pool. I spend the next two hours reading the morning newspaper and working on my tan.

Promptly at the stroke of noon I adjourn to my home office and begin writing. I spend a grueling four hours slaving away over my computer keyboard creating brilliant prose filled with exciting characters, entertaining plots and highly sensual encounters. I emerge from seclusion at four o'clock having written the next chapter of my current work-in-progress.

Harrison's talented touch soothes my tight shoulder muscles with an expert massage. He pours me a glass of wine before going to prepare a gourmet dinner. And the rest of the evening is better left to your imagination.

Oops…I just lost my hold on reality for a moment. Sorry.

I'm a morning person and am usually at my computer by six o'clock with a cup of hot coffee which I keep at a safe distance from my keyboard (been through the spilled coffee on the keyboard before, don't need to do it again ). The first thing I do is go through my email. Then I get to work-either writing or revising on my current work in progress, or doing the edits on my next release. I usually run errands in the early afternoon.

Hmm…I think I like the first version of what my typical day consists of better than the reality. *g*



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