1.Where were you in your writing career 5 years ago?Unpublished and frustrated! But, when my romance novel was commended in a national contest that year, my confidence gained a much-needed boost.
2. Where did you get the idea from for this particular book?I think it was when I discovered a photo of my dad in his army uniform during World War Two. This made me wonder what the war had been like for the women “keeping the home fires burning” while the men were overseas.
3. Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?Making a comfortable living from published novels.
4. Which was the last book you read that you wish you'd written?“The Perfect Rake” by Anne Gracie.
5. Was there any particular author or book that made you want to be a writer?I was possibly influenced by Louisa May Alcott’s books, as I’ve never forgotten her characters in “Little Women” etc.
6. Do you find writing love scenes giggle-worthy or cringe-worthy – or neither?Writing erotica is the most outrageous fun you can have with your clothes on!
And ‘Softer’ scenes become much less embarrassing the more you write them. But I suspect I have a tendency to rush them a bit. I read somewhere recently that love scenes should last at least three pages…
7. What's the most romantic moment of your life so far?Is it okay to admit I’m still waiting?? Having said that, dining with my husband in Paris, on a cobbled terrace under the stars, while serenaded by a cellist, was romantic.
8. What do you wish you'd known about being an author before you were published?That publishing one book will not pay the bills.
9. What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?To grab the readers’ attention in the very first sentence. And, if you stay true to yourself your audience will find you – eventually
Nineteen-year-old Ruby Miller knows pain and loss. After catching her fiancé in the arms of another, the last thing she wants is to fall in love again, but handsome American soldier Mac Mackenzie is hard to resist.
Mac, too, preparing to leave the South Pacific haven to battle against the Japanese, strives to avoid any emotional entanglement, but since he met Ruby, he's rethinking his decision.
They both know what they want, but when tragedy draws them closer, how long can they hold out against what they both need?
11. What’s next for you?I’m judging two international romance writing contests again this year, which I enjoy. And I plan to complete the third book in the KISS collection, following on from FRENCH KISS and KIWI KISS.
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