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About Jennifer

I’ve been a fan of romance and adventure since filching my sister’s Harlequin Presents novels to escape my teenaged angst. (By the way, I would never go back!)
 
I penned my first romance at nineteen. When it was rejected with some nice comments about my writing, I bristled at my mother’s suggestion that I needed more life experience. I went on to complete a degree in Journalism and intern as a sports broadcaster before settling into a career in public relations. Years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and travelling the world provided perfect fodder for the arrogant alpha males I love to write, and free research on some of the globe’s most glamourous locales.
 
A suitable amount of life experience under my belt, and several rejections later, I sat down and conjured up the sexiest, most delicious Italian wine magnate I could imagine, had him make his biggest mistake and gave him a wife on the run. That story, The Divorce Party, the third full manuscript I’d written, won me Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and a book contract. Turns out, Mother knew best.
 
With the first item on my bucket list complete, I’m working my way through the rest. I put #2 in the bag when I talked my way into the jumpseat of an Airbus for landing on a flight from San Jose to Toronto. Complete with headphones and a flight plan the only thing missing was a follow-up date with the Robert Redford lookalike pilot. Figuring #3 – walking the runway as an angel at the Victoria’s Secret Christmas fashion show – is not likely to happen, I’m concentrating on #s 4 & 5, which include touring Australia and building a dream beach house in Barbados.
 
A native of Canada’s gorgeous East coast, I live in Toronto with my Viking husband and our young Viking-in-training. I consider my ten-year-old-strong book club, comprised of some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, a sacrosanct date in my calendar. And someday, we’ll have our monthly meeting at my fantasy beach house, waves lapping at our feet, wine glasses in hand.

What advice would you give to new writers?

Write the book of your heart – the book you would want to read – and do it completely unselfconsciously, giving your voice free rein.

How to win SYTYCW by Jennifer Hayward

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The winner of SYTYCW 2012, Jennifer Hayward, shares her best advice on entering the competition and most importantly, what she had to do to win it!

The moment Jennifer Hayward saw her first Mills & Boon cover!

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The moment Jennifer Hayward saw her first Mills & Boon cover!

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