I am the black sheep in a family of severely intelligent overachievers. My mother, father, and brother have collectively amongst them three bachelors degrees, three masters degrees (two in geophysics, one in mechanical engineering), one PhD in geophysics, and one MD. And then there’s me. The fed.
I went to college then dropped out first semester of my sophomore year. Ironic, but if I hadn’t dropped out, I wouldn’t have graduated. At first read, that sentence probably doesn’t make sense to you, but dropping out for a term reaffirmed that I did, indeed, want to go back to school and finish my degree. I bartended a bit on the side for cash and fun then bounced around from being an architecture major, to a geology major, before settling on environmental science. But somewhere inside, I knew science wasn’t for me in the long run. Science was interesting, no doubt, and it was in my blood, but I was fighting my natural inclination. Until I took that hundred-question test they offer you in college to help you figure out what you want to be when you grow up. Still kinda working on that, by the way.
I took the test. Shock of all shocks, seemed like everything I liked was about law enforcement. Plus, Adam-12 reruns were my favorite show. Kent McCord was such a hottie. And lordy, did that man age well! But I digress, so back to fighting my natural inclination.
I graduated, got good grades, and did work for a bit in the sciences for an unnamed federal agency in New York City. There I became intrigued by the locked door on the second floor. Someone finally told me: That’s where all the federal agents are. How intrigued was I? Enough to get an interview with the Special Agent in Charge of that unnamed agency. Sadly, they weren’t hiring at the time, but the agency across the river in New Jersey was. I got another interview, got hired, and went to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. I left there with another new diploma, along with a shiny gold badge, handcuffs, and a gun. I’ve been a fed ever since.
So how did I stray down the path toward becoming a Romance writer?