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I'm British by birth, but because of my parent's nomadic tendencies I grew up travelling the globe – an only child with a serious book habit. I dreamed of being a writer from the age of twelve and finally began writing seriously in the late 1990s. By then I'd got myself a BA in Art and Cultural History, a masters in Literature and the Visual Arts – and I'd worked in all manner of diverse careers – but the stories in my head simply had to be written.
I was first published in the small press under the guidance of the British fantasy writer, Storm Constantine. As well as fantasy and romance, I was also dabbling in erotica. I wanted to incorporate all these elements in my writing and more. My first erotic short story was published by Virgin publishing's Black Lace imprint in 1997. From then on every spare moment was spent on the stories that bubbled away in my imagination.
My short story work has now been published in over eighty anthologies including Best Women's Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, the Red Sage Secrets series, and the Black Lace Wicked Words series. My erotica has also been featured in several international magazines including Cosmo, Bust, and Scarlet. It was such a thrill for me to find that editors and readers enjoyed my stories!
In the noughties I started working on longer projects and since then my novels have been published by two New York publishing houses as well as several indie presses. My first full-length single title, Double Dare, came out in October 2006 and picked up a Passionate Plume award for Best Contemporary Erotic Romance of 2006. Since then I've had several more novel-length publications, including Rampant, which was nominated for a 2010 RT Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award. I'm now a full time author, and I have many more stories to tell.
Nowadays I live in the north of England – close to the beautiful, windswept landscape of the Yorkshire moors – with my real life hero, Mark. Mark supports my work through all its ups and downs, and runs the tech side of my website. He also manages to keep me sane and grounded when fiction threatens to take over.
What coffee would you like?|
A large Americano please.
And which cake can we get you?|
Carrot cake would lovely.
What's your earliest childhood memory?|
Waking up before my parents when I was 2 or 3, opening every picture book stacked by my bed and arranging them over my bed like tents. An early connection with books!
What was your favourite lesson at school?|
A tie between English and history. (i.e. more books please.)
If you could invite three people, dead or alive, to a dinner party...|
George Eliot, Margaret Atwood and Mary Shelley. I'd be awestruck but I would be hoping that their wisdom and talent would rub off on me.
What's your favourite quote?|
"Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell." - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
Do you prefer sunrise or sunset?|
a deep connection on every level.
What achievement are you most proud of?|
Being a published author, and especially having a short story in anthology alongside Margaret Atwood.
Describe what you can see right now?|
Clutter. Books. A large coffee mug.
Who's your favourite writer?|
If you could go back and do it all again, what would you change?|
My fashion 'sense' in the eighties.
What's your favourite flower?|
Ones that are still growing in the earth. I hate to see cut flowers!
Who would play you in a movie about your life?|
Geena Davis. I'm hoping my life would be glamourised and wild, and it would appear that I lived much as she did in The Long Kiss Goodnight. :)
And finally, the perfect man must have a...|
twinkle in his eye.