I started writing back in Dec of 2009 after I saw an interview with Stephenie Meyers. She told Oprah that she always had stories in her head and that struck a chord with me. Whenever I drive, I have all kinds of stories circulating in my mind. Generally, I am the star of this story and many wacky things happen. Of course, I make the story quite complimentary and beneficial to me. I guess you could say Meyers channeled my head case into a novel.
I am first a wife and a mother, as well as a restauranteur and a caterer. Writing is my last profession and a late-found one. I have a B.A. and an M.Ed from UCLA (yes, just like Emily) and taught 1st grade for four years till I had my first child, a son. Two years later, I had my daughter and the two kids ran my life till they both started school. My husband and I opened a restaurant in Pasadena when we first got married and have been in the food service industry for almost 17 years.
I think I’ve always been a foodie at heart and though it sounds strange, loving food did not have anything to do with opening up a restaurant. That was all my husband’s idea. I didn’t even know I could cook till I got married. And then I discovered, I love cooking! I love everything related to food. Eating, first, cooking second, cleaning a definite last. I could do without the cleaning from the prep work and the mound of dishes created after a meal. But, that’s a whole other blog in and of itself. Whenever we plan a family trip, and especially when my husband and I go on a couple’s trip, it’s based around what we want to eat, or which restaurants we want to visit. Hubby and I did a trip to Austin one summer just to eat BBQ. The trip to Rome was for pasta, Tokyo was for ramen and sushi, and in Paris, we gorged on treats from all the beautiful patisseries. The two best meals of my life were at Taillevent and Joel Robuchon in Paris (I am amending this last sentence as I think the best meal of my life was the one I recently had at Masa in NYC). All of these places and restaurants sound familiar? NYC is our favorite city (and yes, Emily’s favorite city as well) for dining. But… I digress.
Even with the crazy schedule, I hope to keep writing. Entwined, my third novel, is out on Amazon and Smashwords, and will be up on iBooks etc. soon. I am currently working on another story titled, Unlikely Attraction (though, don’t hold me to this title), as well as Max and Jane’s story.
Of all the bios I’ve written, my twitter bio is my favorite. DW Cee – Wife, Mother, Restauranteur, Writer, Blogger, Cook, Driver, Maid, Homework Enforcer – all jobs that offer little or no pay. Yep, that about sums up my bio!
1. Can you describe your write style in one sentence?
I write love stories that speak to the heart and move the soul.
2. What are your top 5 books
This one is super hard for someone who reads as much as I do.
Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Anne of Green Gables, Twilight, Fifty Shades Darker
3. If you were not writing what would you be doing?
If I were not writing, I’d be driving my kids to all their activities, trying to garner more catering
business for my day job, cooking, and lastly…READING!
4. If you had to give up all but one of the following what would you keep. Facebook, Twitter, your phone or your laptop?
I’d keep my phone as I can FB, Twitter, and write, all on the iPhone.
5. Lastly, if you had to recommend one author other than yourself who
would it be and why?
As much as I enjoy indie authors, I’m partial towards classics and historical writers. I think Jane
Austen and William Shakespeare were brilliant writers, but I’d probably recommend Lisa Kleypas
or Julie Garwood. I love authors who can transcend centuries in their writings. It takes a lot of
work to write about a time period you don’t live in, and to make those times come alive.
Emily Logan – An adult orphan, foodie, and a believer in happily ever after – gets dumped by Max, her college boyfriend of four years, the night of their graduation, the night he was supposed to propose. Her world shattered, she picks up the pieces when she finds love again with Jake.
Dr. Jake Reid – Successful doctor, loving boyfriend, the one who wants to fulfill Emily’s happily ever after – falls in love with Emily at first sight and pushes their relationship fast and furious.
Max Davis – Reserved, indecisive, Emily’s first love – believes he let go of his first love for her sake, for all the right reasons. Eighteen months after the break-up, he’s ready to win Emily’s heart again.
Insecure from her broken relationship, Emily can’t fully trust Jake’s passion and love for her and struggles between Jake, the man who wants to create a future with her, and Max, the man who wants to relive the past. When both men propose, Emily’s indecision causes her to lose her true love. Laugh, cry and cheer for Emily as her relationships unfold through culinary delights that begin in Napa Valley and weaves through eateries in San Francisco, Kyoto, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris. Who she chooses for her happily ever after may surprise you in the end.
After 30 years of playing the field, Dr. Jake Reid meets the perfect woman in the cereal aisle of a grocery store at midnight. Emily Logan is stunning, thought provoking and utterly frustrating with her reserved demeanor and guarded heart. Regardless, Jake believes Emily is it even before their first date and works overtime to win her heart.
An arsenal of fancy restaurants like French Laundry, Le Bernardin, and Urasawa for his foodie girlfriend, along with trips to San Francisco and Hawaii aren’t enough to withstand a misunderstanding between Emily, Jake and Max – Emily’s ex-boyfriend. Emily quietly packs her bags for Japan, leaving no trace behind but a frantic Jake left to search for the woman he wants to make his wife.
Jake’s Story tells the Indelible Love story from his perspective, from the night they meet to the day they live their happily ever after. Questions from Emily’s Story unfold in rich and yummy details. What was Jake thinking leaving Emily stranded at the Grand Canyon? Why did he go so long without talking to the love of his life? What led him to believe that Emily chose Max over Jake? Read about the first three dates that never really happened and how Emily ended up in New York both times without Jake.
With more than a hundred pages of Emily and Jake’s relationship never mentioned in Emily’s Story, a complimentary and eventually a complete story is told. And in the end, the prince finds his princess and they live happily ever after, with an additional surprise… or two.
The Reid family is back and this time it’s Jane’s turn to find her happily ever after. We first met Jane in the Indelible Love series where she and Max Davis appeared to be on their way to finding love. As we all know, love is no easy four letter word, but with the help of Jake and Emily, along with the rest of the Reid clan, life becomes a bit more fun. Here is Jane herself, taking center stage, describing her very personal story.
Hi! I’m Jane Reid, age 27, and this is my story. I’ve chosen to give you details of my life in a blog format – which means, no daily minutiae, just the good stuff. I’m currently dating Max Davis, same age as me, med-student, all around good guy, and my sister-in-law’s ex-boyfriend. Sound complicated? You ain’t read nothin’ yet. If you think that’s complicated, let me tell you about a few other “complications” in my life. I’m slightly (okay…more than slightly) attracted to Donovan Taylor, my childhood crush. Did I mention Donovan looks like Henry Cavill? My boyfriend has a med-student stalker in his life and a high school ex who was a lot more than just a high school ex! Max and I are always at odds with one another for who knows what reason, and there are more days of angst than bliss. Luckily, we have plenty of supportive family members and friends who help us along the way. Who will I end up with? What twists and turns are waiting for me on the next page? You will have to tune in and read all about it. Feel free to let me know what you think about my life and how you think I can fix it / improve upon it. Ttyl!
What happens when you meet a man and you both instantly know that you want to spend the rest of your lives together? What happens when this same man and your unborn child leave this earth, mid-marriage, mid-love?
Olivia Kingston lived the perfect life with Paul Kingston and their daughter, Danielle. Meeting on the side of a road on a Friday and married by the following Saturday, they adored, cherished and loved till that same side of the road took away her husband and their unborn child. Just as abruptly as half her family was taken away from her, a stranger, who brings light to her darkness, unexpectedly brightens her world. With much laughter and friendship, he, too, promises to spend the rest of his life with her. Amidst all their conflicts, Olivia soon realizes that all fairy tales must come to an end and promises will often be broken.
Wander through life with Olivia and Danielle as their many relationships become entwined into a beautifully complicated story of finding love, finding heartache, but most importantly, finding the inexplicable joys in husband/wife, mother/child, and friend/lover, relationships.