As a child, I was constantly told off for two things: having my nose in a book and living in a dream world. Things haven't changed much since then, but at least in writing I've found a use for my runaway imagination.
I started writing fiction in 2004 after finding a few scribbled scenes I had written more than a decade ago. I had expected to cringe as I read it, but instead I was pleasantly surprised. A short while later I had an idea for a story, and since my youngest had just started pre-school and I was desperate to do something creative beyond making happy faces with the kids' dinner ingredients, I decided to unearth a long-buried passion and try to write a novel. I quickly became totally addicted.
I joined the RNA in 2005 and submitted my first polished and completed manuscript to their New Writers' Scheme and nervously awaited the verdict. Much to my delight, they liked it and decided to send it on to Mills & Boon, and by November 2005 I had sold my first book.
Since then, things have been going rather well. In 2006 I received the RNA's Joan Hessayan New Writers' Award for my first book, Blind-Date Marriage, which was also nominated in two categories, Best First Book and Best Traditional Romance for the presitgious RITA award in 2007. See here for details of further awards.
I've now completed 17 novels for Harlequin/Mills & Boon and my books have been translated into 24 languages and sold in 30 different countries across the world! Ssh... I'm not supposed to tell anyone, but my favourite foreign editions are the Japanese manga books!
I still live in London, but my other favourite places to be are the highlands of Scotland and the English countryside on a summer's afternoon. I love cooking, good food and anything cinnamon-flavoured. Of course, I still can't keep away from a good book, or a good movie—especially romances—but only if I'm stocked up with tissues, because I know I'll need them before the end, whether it's happy or sad.