1. Have you always wanted to be a writer, or was it just a late calling?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I’m afraid. In fact that’s all I’ve really wanted to do and the one thing I always had confidence in.

2. What were your favourite subjects at school?

History, Art an English were my favourite subjects.

3. Was your family supportive when you were working on your first books?

My mother was the most supportive, unfortunately she died before my first book. But my gran, aunts and sisters have been supportive as well. Actually, I’ve been very fortunate in having supportive people around me.

4. Did you easily find a publisher for your first novel?

I got very lucky with my first novel. I sent a query to 6 publishers, received four “We don’t take unsolicited unagented manuscripts” letters, but was asked for the full manuscript by the other two. Leisure was the first one to contact me about buying it and I went with them, I never heard from the other.

5. Do you have an agent?

I have an agent now. I was slow to get one though. I sold my first book in 1996, but didn’t get an agent until 1999 when some writer friends said I needed one and arranged for me to speak with their agent. I’m still grateful to them.

6. How important are your readers to you?

How important? Good Lord, they are the most important people. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. If they didn’t buy, Dorchester wouldn’t buy me. It’s that simple. In effect, they are my real boss. They’re the ones I want to please.

7. You started off with historical romance, and now you’re writing paranormal romance. Why the switch?

I don’t really see it as a switch. In truth, my real genre is romantic comedy whether it’s historical, or vampire, or contemporary romance which I’ve also written. And all my stories are that, except for the vampire anthology I wrote for Kensington, which was light but they didn’t want humorous. But the switch in venue for my stories came about because I had an idea I liked. I still wanted to write historicals as well as the vampire seires, but my editor wanted three vamps in a row before any more historicals so I had to go with that.

8. Do you believe in vampires?

No answer!

9. Given the choice, where would you like to live?

Hmmm, well I’ve just moved from London, Canada to England. At this point I’m thinking somewhere warm and sunny would be very very nice.

10. Who’s your own favourite author or what’s your favourite book?

I don’t have one favourite, I have several. Dean Koontz and Douglas Clegg in horror, Christina Dodd, Julia Quinn, Theresa Medeiros, Hannah Howell and a couple others in historical romance. Then J.K. Rowling, Janet Evanovich and J.D. Robb.


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