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Rebecca Winters, born on February 14, is known as "The Harlequin Valentine."
I went through a back door to begin my writing career. In the first place, I never liked to write anything, only those papers mandatory for school. Before I turned thirty, if anyone had told me I would become a writer, let alone love it, I would have laughed and dismissed the notion as absolutely absurd and preposterous.
Having said that, I did write letters to my parents while I was away at boarding school in Switzerland when I was seventeen because I promised them I would. My mother kept them, and one day in Spokane, Washington, when I was thirty, and had become a mother for the second time, she sent me all my old letters and asked me to write my memoirs from them for posterity. At the time, I thought she was insane, but because I adore my mother I did as she asked. By the time I’d finished sorting through all those teenage thoughts, observations and opinions, the seeds of a story had begun to form in my mind. That seed eventually became a novel and was published in 1978 by Leisure Books. It was called, By Love Divided, a World War II adventure love story. After I sent that off, I finished a second novel, The Loving Season which came out in 1979, and takes place in Switzerland and France. Both books were published under my own name, Rebecca Burton.
A few years later, Harlequin Romance bought my first novel for them entitled, Blind To Love, a story that takes place in Kenya, under the name Rebecca Winters. It’s been a love affair ever since.
Never underestimate a mother's intuition!
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