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When I think back, I’m reminded of that song, ‘What I did for love’. I guess you can say I’ve always been a romantic, why else would I have travelled to what seemed like the ends of the Earth for love of a man? For both of us it was love at first sight, and because of that I left my native Scotland for New Zealand. A choice I’ve never regretted.
I’ve had a varied career. Anyone who knows me, knows I love clothes and I began my working life in a fashion store. That meant I was never short of the latest styles, more importanatly, it was where my creative side was first given free rein as a window dresser. After the birth of my children I worked in a furniture factory, sewing for the designer – but they were his ideas not mine. Eventually I found myself drawn to creative writing classes and knew I’d found my niche. I’d always been a voracious reader, but it was an English teacher who conviced me I could go further, write my own stories, and Romance Writers of New Zealand who showed me the way.
I eventually went on to publish six books with Silhouette Intimate Moments. Just as the format for the line began changing, my husband had a health crisis and all my energies were focused on him getting better. Crisis over, I began to look for new genres and new outlets for my writing and decided to write a Scottish medieval. A genre where my knowledge of Scottish history was put to good use and found a home with Harlequin Escape Publishing in Australia. I found this writing journey delightful, but for the bride who once travelled to the ends of the earth for love, who knows what lies ahead?