Writing about myself is a lot harder than writing about my characters and their lives. Mine is nowhere as exciting . . . wait. I take that back, because it is!

No, I don't work for a crime-fighting organization or a fashion empire. And I don't wrangle cattle on the Texas prairie, or renovate old houses for new uses, but I make my living doing exactly what I want to do. I write.

Though it wasn't always so . . .

I often read of or hear about authors who knew they were meant to tell stories from the time they left the crib. Me? I didn't decide what I wanted to be when I grew up until I was thirty years old - and then sold my first book at thirty-four. Still, it was obvious that I going places.

Like so many other authors, I was a voracious reader from day one, devouring everything from Nancy Drew to My Friend Flicka, which I remember sitting hovered over the heater vent in the kitchen floor to read while my father made his coffee.

I moved on to my mother's Phyllis Whitney, Dorothy Eden, and Mary Stewart gothics before discovering my first true romances written by Lucy Walker and set in the Australian Outback. And then, at last, when I was 18 I found The Flame and the Flower. (My son almost spent his life as Brandon because of that, but I spared him and named him Casey instead!)

Why write romance? Because love stories have always been a major part of the books I've loved. Father Ralph and Meggie Cleary. (I did name my daughter Megan after reading The Thorn Birds! Do you see a trend here?) The aforementioned Brandon Birmingham and Heather Simmons. Wolf Mackenzie and Mary Potter.

Even more so, it's because I love writing romance heroes. The men who sweep both heroines and readers off their feet - not to mention their authors, too!

I spent several years happily writing action-adventure romance for Kensington Brava, along with hot and sexy series romances for Harlequin Blaze. I was also a launch author for True Vows and one of the organizers behind SEAL of My Dreams. I'm now writing the Dalton Gang series of sexy cowboys for Berkley Heat, and the Hope Springs series of soft contemporary romances for Amazon Montlake.

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Alison Kent is the author of more than fifty published works, including her debut novel, Call Me, which she sold live on the “Isn’t It Romantic?” episode of CBS’s 48 Hours. Her novels A Long, Hard Ride and Striptease were both finalists for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards, while The Beach Alibi was honored by the national Quill Awards and No Limits was selected as a Cosmopolitan Magazine Red Hot Read. The author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Erotic Romance and a veteran blogger, Alison decided long ago that if there’s a better career than writing, she doesn’t want to know. She lives in her native Texas with her petroleum geologist husband, three rescue dogs, one a Hurricane Katrina survivor, and a colony of semi-feral cats, one of whom has learned to use the dog door and comes and goes at will. She also fights the region's heat to grow tomatoes and jalepenos, as those edibles pretty much take care of themselves, giving her more time to play on Twitter, and write.