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/TV series ever: Titanic. Chronicles of Narnia. The Great Escape. Train to Busan. National Treasure. I, Robot. Ten Things I Hate About You. Empire Records. Veronica Mars. Friends. Doctor Who. All for different reasons… but they all have great writing in common.

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

Favourite author/book: Too many!

Best band ever: Like a true Gemini, I have lots of best bands / singers /songs depending on the occasion – Rascal Flatts (and various other country pop songs), Daughtry (and heaps of other rock bands), Sister Hazel (and many more alternative groups). Plus there’s also K- and C-pop, angry rock, pop, Eurovision… My tastes are eclectic.

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, so I could indulge in my love of books every day.