I’ve been writing for Harlequin Mills and Boon for more than ten years now. 26 published books later and I still love every second I spend writing. I find there is something really satisfying in tracking two people through the trails and tribulations of falling in love. These days everyone is so busy with their careers etc. that they don’t seem to have enough time left to dedicate to the more personal side of their lives so conflicts arise. Working with my heroes and heroines through these conflicts towards a deeper understanding of each other is what I love doing most.
Yet, to know me when I was growing up on a huge council estate on the outskirts Manchester in the Northwest of England, you would have to wonder where I got my romantic ideals. Rough, tough, down-to-earth common sense was the main tool of survival not fanciful dreams of love and romance with the happy-ever-after prize at the end. I was lucky. I have this wonderful mother who fed books into my hands from the time I could read. She encouraged me (and my four siblings) to open our minds and set free our imagination. Books became my escape into other worlds where anything could happen. However, for as far back as I can remember my real joy was to find a book with a romantic thread running through it. My earliest memory of this kind of story was a set of children’s books called (I think) "The Princess and the Goblin" I don’t recall the name of the Princess but I do remember her special champion was a boy called Curdie who protected and took care of her during her adventures into the underworld. My next memory is "The Girl of the Limberlost". A set of beautiful stories I can still pick up a read today. Then came the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen and of course the great and sparkling queen of Regency Romance Gorgette Heyer. It was a simple matter of progression that I moved on to Mills and Boon novels, cutting my modern romance teeth on writers like Anne Mather, Carol Mortimer, Penny Jordan and the late and sadly missed Charlotte Lamb.
So there you have it – About Me in a couple of paragraphs! I write Romance because I love romance. It’s what keeps the world turning. We can’t live without it – and who would want to--?