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I'm a Londoner by birth and lived there for the first 28 years of my life. The city continues to fascinate and frustrate me in equal measures, even though I've now moved away and live in Kent.
I always loved the written word. Books became my passion when I was in primary school. I was either reading or making up stories of my own. When I discovered films as well, that was the icing on the cake. My first viewing of Laurence Oliver as the eponymous 'Heathcliff' in Wuthering Heights - had me hooked on romance - the passionate stormy kind. I like heroes and heroines who love deeply - no holds barred. It probably fulfills that part of my own character that seesaws between conventionality and rebellion!
Secretarial work became my chosen career for several years but to tell the truth I never really enjoyed it. When I wasn't up to my ears in typing or making tea for the boss - I was dreaming up stories in my head. Anyway, in 1993 with the encouragement and support of my wonderful husband Gary, I gave up my dalliance with secretarial work and stayed home to concentrate on learning my craft... writing.
I submitted a couple of novels to Harlequin Mills & Boon (both rejected) before my son was born in August 1995. There followed more sleepless nights than I care to contemplate because my son didn't seem to realise that sleep was an essential component for life and consequently my writing fell by the wayside a little. When I was eventually able to beg, borrow or steal some precious time in which to write my stories, I clung doggedly to the belief that one day I would be published and all the pain leading up to the great event would be more than worth it!
After submitting five more novels to Harlequin Mills & Boon (more rejection slips) I finally had my debut novel 'A PASSIONATE PROTECTOR' accepted for publication in July 2002.
It really is a dream come true, and my heartfelt advice to all aspiring authors is naturally to never give up, and please believe that every rejection is one step further up the ladder towards eventual success.
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