ABOUT JESSE HAYWORTH
My old Match.com ad said:
What do you get when you cross a romance writer, a science geek and a horse trainer? I'm not sure either, but it pays the bills and I'm rarely bored!
That was what I put in response to the cringe-inducing "write something short and catchy about yourself" (it's bad enough blurbing a book; blurbing yourself is pure torture), and it still holds true even though I gladly retired my Match profile after only a couple of months, having found The One.
Okay, technically he found me, because although I had looked at his profile (ahem, multiple times) and had a hubba-hubba, there was no way I was reaching out to a guy a few years younger and across state lines, despite us having some things in common. Lucky for me, he did the send-a-message thing, and we emailed back and forth for a few weeks. Our first date lasted twenty hours (in my defense his ferry home was canceled due to weather), and I became Mr. Arizona (his online nickname) seven months later!
But I'm doing this backwards, aren't I? Ah, well. Wouldn't be the first time! Here's the thing, though ... Jesse Hayworth came to life when I met Mr. Right.
In my other life, I write dark, suspenseful stories where the hero and heroine always get their happily ever after, but only after going through lots of danger and heartbreak. Having found my own happily ever after, however, I started wanting to write gentle, funny love stories.
Fortunately, my agent and editor loved the idea of contemporary romances set on a family-run dude ranch. They knew that my thirty-some years as a horse person and ten years as a farm owner would give me lots to draw from, and they green lighted the series. Since then, I've shifted from being a horse owner to volunteering at an equine rescue (baby mini donkeys--squee!), but the rest is unchanged.
I really love writing the Mustang Ridge books, and am hard at work on the next, along with writing stories under the Jessica Andersen pseudonym and raising Arizona's and my son, Wallaby (also an online pseudonym--don't worry, we didn't saddle the kid with that one on paper!). And in the spirit of writing this entire bio backwards and inside-out, I was born and raised in a small town in eastern Massachusetts (go, Sox!), went to Tufts University (go Jumbos!), love animals of all kinds (okay, I'm not big on spiders or wasps), and can't go a day without chocolate.