Lisa Ricard Claro is an award-winning author and Pushcart Prize nominee with published articles and stories spanning multiple media. She resides in Georgia with her husband of more than three decades and counting, is a mother of three (a ruggedly handsome son and two stunningly beautiful daughters—she might be a little biased), and dreams of one day living at the beach. Seriously dreams of it. As in, she’s already decorating her dream beach house. In addition to an array of sand dollars and seashells, she keeps a framed sign hanging in her office: Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses Welcome Here.

Claro is also a lover of dogs and cats, and has a heart for rescues. This is why you will find a rescued pet companion in every one of her books. Sometimes they are part of the story line (Pirate, the dog, in Love Built to Last), and sometimes they’re already ensconced in their forever home with one of Claro’s characters (Pavarotti the cat, in Love to Win). As you read her books, watch for the rescues!

While Claro is a fan of storytelling in all genres, Romance is her favorite because she believes everyone deserves love and a happily-ever-after. But she adores a little mystery now and then, too, so keep an eye out for Claro’s authorship of a whodunit one of these days soon.