twitter-photo2I’m a Borders Books bestseller and one of Harlequin’s Australian Desire authors, writing category romance for Harper Collins’ Harlequin Books.

In my former (non-writing) life, I’ve worked as an assistant/secretary/PA, office manager, software trainer and aerobics instructor.  Now, when I’m not writing, I’m also designing websites and book covers.

I’ve been writing since the age of eleven, when I got hooked on the glorious historical romances of Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Shirlee Busbee. Yes, my early influences were historical but I also read and enjoy paranormal, fantasy, chick lit, crime, biographies, women’s fiction, YA. If the story grabs me, I’m there.

My writing has won and placed in various US and Australian contests. As a published author my second book, Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s 2009 RBY Award, Australia’s premier contest for romantic fiction judged by readers. My third book, The Magnate’s Baby Promise, was voted Australian Romance Readers Association’s Best Category Romance of 2009 and my fourth, The Billionaire Baby Bombshell, Best Category Romance of 2010.

British-born and Aussie bred, I currently live west of Sydney with my family, two cats and an assortment of native birds.

Favourite time waster: since I gave up TV, I’d have to say the internet – Twitter, blogs… not to mention all those shopping sites!

When I was young I wanted to be: a vet… or a dancer (a la Flashdance).

Best movie ever: Titanic. Chronicles of Narnia. The Great Escape. The Wedding Singer. National Treasure. All for different reasons.

Best book from my childhood: The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton – I kept wishing for a faraway tree of my own! Elynne Mitchell’s Silver Brumby series (I loved the pure Australian-ness of it all).

When no-one’s watching I like to: sleep

Best band ever: A tie between Rascal Flatts, Daughtry and Sister Hazel. I adore these guys.

Songs I never want to hear again: Venus by Bananarama. Loveshack or Rock Lobster by the B52s. (well, anything by the B52s, really).

My biggest adventure: backpacking across Europe.

If I could travel back in time I’d visit: The court of King Louis XIV during the glory days of Versailles. Parties, theatre, gorgeous clothes and non-stop fun – what’s not to love?

If I wasn’t a writer I would be: what??? Okay, an interior designer. Or maybe a travel agent. Or a book store owner would be pretty sweet!