Tani was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and raised in central California. She was an avid reader from an early age, and loved to make up stories, but never got around to writing anything down. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Linguistics/Language Studies, she met her husband of 30 years, and became a full-time mother and substitute teacher in their rural California town. Again, she loved to make up stories, and still never wrote anything down. Finally, on her fiftieth birthday, her friend shoved a legal pad in my face and commanded, “Just do it!” So she did! The following year they moved to New York City, a lifelong dream, and she was able to quit teaching and devote herself to writing her smexy romances full-time, another lifelong dream. She now lives in the Big Apple with her husband, daughter, and dashing kitty cat, Moss. The moral of her story is that if you want to do something, do it, don’t wait until your life’s half over, you have no idea what’s going to happen!