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So, a potted history of me, Caroline Anderson – writer, wife, mother, grandmother and reluctant gardener. Oh, and unofficial café and tea room researcher…
By birth, I'm a bank brat. My father was with HSBC when it was still called the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, and I was born in Hongkong, then lived in Singapore, Borneo and Malaya as they were then called. He retired when I was nine, and we moved back to England and settled in the New Forest for a few years before he decided to take up farming in the middle of Somerset, miles from the sea for the first time in my life, and I hated that. I still gravitate to the coast – now my husband’s taken early retirement we go for coffee overlooking the sea in Felixstowe as often as we can justify it. It’s amazing how often that can be, especially when I steal the setting for my own little mini-series of books set in the fictional Suffolk coastal town of Yoxburgh. I have to research it, after all – daily, if necessary!
As far as my writing career is concerned, I happened on it by accident, really. I’d always loved creative writing. I’d catalogued my Noddy books when I was eight – probably the last time I filed anything! – and I wrote screeds for every creative writing assignment in school, but I'm a bit slow on the uptake and it didn’t occur to me that it could be a career. I’d always wanted to be a doctor, but I wasn’t good enough at physics (which is ironic considering I’ve ended up married for the last thirty five years to a physics teacher), so when I left school at eighteen I started training as a nurse but hurt my back and had to give up. Then started a period of going up a succession of blind alleys.
I trained as a secretary, then a teacher, then set up my own soft furnishing business entirely self-taught, and then decided to do something from home that didn't involve me going away all the time to install show flats (don't ask! That was too successful a business!) so twenty five years ago the lightbulb finally burst into life. Five dreadful and embarrassing attempts later, I submitted my first Medical Romance and haven't looked back. I've now written well over ninety books, for two lines, and they seem to keep on coming, so I finally joined the Romantic Novelists' Association and was promptly shortlisted for the RoNA category romance award for Mother of the Bride. It looks as though I might actually be a writer after all!
Love Story and Pretty Woman