IMG_1087 Hi there! Thanks for dropping by. Since you clicked on the About Me link, I’m assuming you really want to know a little bit about me. Okay, you asked for it… I was born and raised in Bronx, NY. Thanks to true love, I dropped out of college after one semester and came home to be with my fiancée. That relationship didn’t last (of course it didn’t, we were only eighteen, for Pete’s sake!) and I spent the next few years in a variety of jobs such as a bank teller, receptionist, sales clerk, administrative assistant, and executive sales assistant. (It was during my days as an administrative assistant at a car dealership that I met my real true love.) After a while, a very wise aunt convinced me to stop bouncing around with these jobs that my heart really wasn’t in and go back to school. I majored in computer science and graduated top of my class, which led to several years working as a software consultant. As jobs go, it wasn’t a bad deal. Coding in software is a lot like solving puzzles, and I love puzzles. I traveled a lot, sometimes to fun places, sometimes to dull places. The money was decent, and I met lots of great people. But it was never truly fulfilling and after a while the constant travel really began to drain me. So when the crash of 2008 came along and my job got cut I decided it was time to pursue my secret desire to write. Since childhood, reading has been a huge part of my life. I read all sorts of things – romance, mystery, action and adventure, comedy, thriller, and memoir, just to name a few. In truth, I’ll read just about anything as long as it’s a good story. Every time I’ve read a terrific book, I’ve felt a strong desire to create stories that will move others. I’d love to write something in all of the categories I’ve mentioned above, and maybe someday I will, but for right now I’m focusing on romantic suspense, peppered with occasional dashes of humor. To my delight – and sometimes teeth gnashing frustration – crafting a suspense story is also a lot like solving a puzzle. A very tricky puzzle (hence the teeth gnashing). A longtime member of RWA, I served on the board of my local chapter, Romance Writers of Southern CT, first as Treasurer, then as President. I have also served as Chair of the RWA PRO Steering Committee. When not writing, I enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, reading, movies, and hiking with my husband and our feisty 12-pound terrier mix. You can follow me on Twitter – @MauraTroy – and on Facebook. And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter for exclusive sales and excerpts.  Again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my stories.