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I had a somewhat varied working life, before I eventually became a writer. I’d worked as a teacher, shopkeeper, travel agent, pig farmer, builder, worker in the disability field, and coordinator of a respite care service (among other things), and turned to writing medical romances in 1992 when I decided I needed a new challenge. I gave myself two years to see if I could make it, and I was accepted in October of the first year. Doesn’t it sound easy?
Nothing is that easy! Once I’d committed to giving it a ‘real’ go, I joined writers’ groups, attended conferences, and read every book on writing I could find. I still re-read most of my ‘How-to’ books or delve into them when I need a particular focus for my writing. I also found that teaching a romance writing course at Technical and Further Education College (TAFE) helped me to analyse what I do, and I believe it has made me a better writer in that I learned to structure my books more carefully.
My books are character driven, although setting plays almost as important a part – perhaps because where people live, or are forced to live, makes them act and react in certain ways. Once I have determined the people and the place, I focus on the conflict – what is going to keep them apart for close to 200 pages? And the attraction – which is going to draw them closer and closer through those same pages.
Love with the Proper Stranger