I’ve been writing fiction practically forever. I started with confession stories, then added the occasional mystery and, after joining a literary writers’ group in town, literary fiction. This was followed by science fiction and fantasy, but romance had been a major theme in almost everything I write. I’ve had hundreds of short stories published commercially and in literary magazines and am an award-winning writer of literary fiction. I write in my home and office here in northern Minnesota, pausing occasionally… okay, too often… to check the wildlife beyond the window or to reassure my cowardly cat, Smokey, that nothing can get inside and do him harm.