One of the best (and hardest) things about being an author is the constant learning curve. Each time I write a book, I learn not only new stuff about the setting and the background, but also about writing itself. I have always been a writer. I was that kid who wrote reams on dot-matrix printer … Continue reading Oh the Irony
On this day one year ago, I became a published author. How strange to think it was only a year ago, but also strange that this little book is already a year old. There is something magical about first books and, although my second book has sold more copies than my first, My Christmas Number … Continue reading My Christmas Number One is 1!
I'm so excited to officially announce my third book, A Match Made in Venice! It's an opposites-attract romcom with enemies-to-friends-to-lovers vibes and a whole lot of Venice! I had the idea for a romance with a glassmaker as the hero many, many years ago and I'm so pleased with how it came together as a … Continue reading A Match Made in Venice
The Books, Dreams and Prosecco festival is taking place in the Chick Lit and Prosecco facebook group this weekend! Hosted by the lovely Anita Faulkner, it's a whole lot of book joy from authors of romantic books of all sorts. My slot is 2pm on Sunday the 12th (UK time), and I'm talking about 'Creating … Continue reading Books, Dreams and Prosecco Festival
Right up until the last minute, I wasn't sure if the dreaded virus was going to foil my plans, but, unbelievably, I made it down to Venice in the wildest research trip ever! View from the top of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi I have been extremely fortunate to have travelled fairly extensively in my life, … Continue reading Venezia è viva!
There's been a bit of chatter on Twitter among romance readers and writers about what's known as the third act break-up in romances and I thought I'd weigh in with some thoughts, as both a reader and a writer. It's an unwritten rule that romances are structured with obstacles at the beginning, the emotional development … Continue reading The ‘Crisis’ in Romance
Wow, what a crazy year this has been so far in my writing world. I'm still stunned that Italy Ever After is doing really well in the UK Kindle charts, hopefully helping lots of lovely new readers find my stories. But ultimately, that side of things is a bit of a mystery to me, and … Continue reading I did it!
Today is Colombian Indepdence Day, known simply as the veinte de Julio (twentieth of July). That means that my debut romance My Christmas Number One has been out for more than ten months now! What, you might ask, do the two things have in common? My Christmas Number One is a different sort of book … Continue reading Happy Veinte de Julio!
I thought I wasn't going to write another slow burn romance. You guessed it, it's another slow burn. I hit 53,000 words today and they've finally kissed properly. I'm really enjoying this book, now. I'm living and breathing it, which means listening to the same songs over and over again because they're the 'mood' songs. … Continue reading What’s going on
I love this job! When I was younger, I just couldn't get excited about any career because all I wanted to do was play and listen to music, learn languages and write stories. And I've finally combined them into the best job in the world! I've written lots of posts about how music influences my … Continue reading Languages and Music