Tori Summers was born the eldest of three girls in San Mateo, California. At the age of six her parents divorced and her mother moved her and her sisters to live with their grandmother in a small town called Santa Rosa, California. Growing up in Sonoma County with the Redwoods and the Coastline in her backyard, most of her childhood summers were spent creating adventures on Johnson's Beach in Guerneville, California.
She married her now ex-husband at nineteen and they had one child. She graduated from the local Junior College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. As well as an Assistant Teacher Certificate and Teaching Certificate.
She raised her now adult child mostly on her own. She encouraged her young daughter to read daily, as Tori loved to read romance novels. Waiting for the man of her dreams to come to life, she began to write.
Q: Why did you first start writing?
A: I had been told growing up by most everyone I knew that I should write a story about my life, all that I had overcome and survived. Plus the struggles of being a single mom while working and going to school, so the idea had always been there. I loved reading, and still do, romance novels and thought "I could do this." So I started writing, some days my fingers flew and some months I had nothing. Now here we are. I figured no one would really care about my life story but a good romance novel people would want to read.
Q: When did you first start writing?
A: When I was in college my art teacher had us write about a piece of art that was special to us. She wanted us to describe it and attach a picture of the piece. I chose a unique lamp that my grandma had had for years, her niece had made it for her. I put my heart and soul into that paper describing every thing I saw and felt when I looked at that lamp. When I received my grade I got an "A" and a note that said something about how wonderfully I had described the piece, she said that she almost felt as if she were there.
Q: Do you have a specific type of Hero or Heroine you write about?
A: No, I just write what I feel as they come to me.
Q: Do you have a specific genre you like to write about?
A: I love the old west and those days and times, so I try to stick with that.
Q: Do you think you will continue to write romance novels?
A: I certainly do.
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