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I simply can't remember a time when my nose wasn't buried in a book. My parents fostered my love of reading from an early age and I devoured everything I could get my hands on. I adored children's classics like the Anne of Green Gables series and The Secret Garden. I loved Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven, the adventure books by Willard Price and the Sue Barton nurse books by Helen Dore Boylston. Most of all I loved the wonderful pony books that kept me entertained for hours on end… authors like Mary O'Hara, Ruby Ferguson and the Pullein-Thompson sisters. They inspired my dreams and fired my imagination. Then came more grown-up books, fiction and non-fiction, plus the escape to the world of Mills and Boon romances! I read avidly but always knew that I had to write.
It was a dream come true when, in December 2005, I received the phone call telling me that Harlequin Mills and Boon wanted to buy my manuscript for their Medical Romance line. After twenty years of writing novellas for My Weekly Story Collection and Linford large print, plus serials and magazine short stories for The People's Friend – I had begun to believe it would never happen. I was stunned, tearful, in shock… and so excited! It took me a while to prize myself from the ceiling, I can tell you!
It's a hard life having to sit and stare at a picture of a yummy man all day long and write romantic and sexy things about him. I have a great selection of photos to call on and on which I base a look or a mood or a trait for my characters. My disappointment at having to file the pictures away when the manuscript is done is only eased by throwing myself into the next set of characters and getting out a new hero photo to begin work on!
Romance writers are a terrific bunch of people. I feel very blessed because writing has brought me many joys and many special friends who have been so generous with their advice and so unstinting in their support. And I am honoured to be sharing shelf space with some of my very favourite category romance authors whose books I have read and enjoyed and found an inspiration for so long. I am also so grateful to my wonderful editor for believing in me and for all her encouragement and support.
Aside from writing and reading books, my hobbies include listening to music, debating current affairs and watching sport, especially football, athletics, golf and motor sports. I hate cooking, housework and hot weather but I love the countryside, crisp autumn days and Innocent smoothies! I have a passion for animals and would love a whole menagerie, but at the moment my experiences are with the animals I foster. I sponsor six orphan elephants called Lualeni, Kimana, Suguta, Shimba, Sinya and Dida and a baby rhino called Maalim, with the fabulous David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. I also sponsor Grendon, an orphaned orangutan baby in Borneo, and a puppy called Megan who is in training with Guide Dogs for the Blind in the U.K.
Thank you very much for your interest in my books.