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I have always been in love with the idea of romance.
I started reading my gran’s romance novels from an early age and wrote my first love story at school, aged just eleven, much to my teacher’s disapproval. Most of my childhood was spent as a pirate aboard a ship, a highwaywoman upon an invisible horse or, when I got a bit older, being rescued by a handsome prince. I was usually imagining when I should have being busy doing other things and when I wasn’t imagining I was reading. Cynthia Harnett, Molly Hunter, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Jean Plaidy were all writers I loved, and then one day in the school library I found Georgette Heyer... and a lifelong love of Regency romance was born.
Although I always loved reading books and inventing my own little stories I never seriously thought that I could become a writer. It had been instilled in me from an early age to work hard, get a good education and a ‘proper job’ and, like a good girl; I did as I was told. I trained in the biological sciences and went on to work in scientific research.
All those romance stories voraciously read, and all those years of daydreaming eventually culminated in my decision to write my own romantic novel. I wrote two full length manuscripts and received rejection after rejection from both literary agents and publishers before joining the Romantic Novelists' Association. It was due to the help of this organisation’s New Writers Scheme that my first book, The Captain's Lady, eventually came to be published. Receiving the telephone call from the Harlequin Mills & Boon editor was one of the most special and memorable moments in my life.
I enjoy cycling, tea and cakes (although not necessarily in that order) and I love exploring the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Scotland where I live with my husband. I am ever hopeful that one day I will be lucky enough to see a basking shark in the Firth of Clyde and a sea eagle in Skye.
Shallow Hal - it makes me laugh and cry.