I debuted with Penny Reid's Smartypants Romance. The first book idea I ever had (a Neanderthal Seeks Human historical romance re-telling) was very specific, and when submissions opened for Smartypants Romance, I bucked up the courage and sent in a chapter for consideration. I also did it in secret without telling anyone--not my husband or my friends or family. Other ideas came along that became my self-published series and I'm as surprised as anyone else. Writing seemed like such a far-fetched thing. I don't have an English degree and I'd never written for my school newspaper. Being an author was up there with being an astronaut or a rocket scientist. But Smartypants Romance gave me the avenue (and the confidence) to make writing a book a reality. I'll be forever grateful.