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twitter-photo2I’m a Borders Books bestseller and write contemporary romance for Harper Collins.

British-born and Aussie bred, in my former (non-writing) life I’ve been a PA, office manager, software trainer, gym instructor and world-wide traveller.  Now, when I’m not writing, I’m drawing, designing websites and book covers.

I’ve been writing since the age of eleven, when I got hooked on the glorious romances of Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Shirlee Busbee. Yes, my early influences were historical but I also read and enjoy paranormal, fantasy, women’s fiction, crime, biographies, 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. You can check out a list of my awards and achievements here.

Favourite time waster: TV and the internet.

When I was young I wanted to be: a vet, a card shark, interior designer… or a dancer (a la Flashdance).

Best movie ever: Titanic. Chronicles of Narnia. The Great Escape. Train to Busan. National Treasure. Ten Things I Hate About You. Empire Records. 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!