1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I live in a small village in the middle of England with my twin girls. My husband works abroad so most of the time, it’s just me and my girlies. We get him back every 3-4 months or so for a few weeks and have a fab time together! I am a huge history buff and always wanted to be an archaeologist but I’m not very good at getting dirty so writing about it is probably a much better way of indulging my love for it!
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am terrible at taking a break from writing. I’m a real workaholic! I like spending time with my girls who are excellent at making me forget about work, just baking or playing games with them and of course, I love to read. When my hubby is around, we enjoy films and snuggling on the sofa.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I have a pretty strict routine which involves me running around like crazy to make sure all the chores are done in the morning and all errands are sorted and then I write all afternoon until I have to pick up my children from school. Then, once they’re in bed, I start writing again. I try to make sure I write a minimum of 2000 words a day but I’ve been known to write a lot more in day.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I don’t honestly know. It usually stems from one idea and kind of snowballs. Borderland Bride stemmed from me wanting to write about a relationship developing in spite of communication issues. I don’t know enough about other languages so I made sure my heroine couldn’t speak or hear - poor girl!
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
It’s hard to choose. I’m very fond of Borderland Bride but I just finished the second in the series Borderland Beauty and I’m really pleased with how it came out. Both books feature some sexy brothers and Borderland Beauty is the younger brother’s story. He’s my first hero without a chip on his shoulder - a real heartbreaker - and the chemistry between him and my heroine, Lucy, was hotttt!
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Eeek, I’m a pretty open book but only those who have gone out dancing with me will know that as soon as I’ve had a few glasses of wine, I let loose on the dance floor! I am probably terrible - I do seem to create a sort of void around me - but I can’t help myself!
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Absolutely 100% imagination! As much as I love studying the medieval era, I’m glad I never had to experience it!
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No, no muse for me! I do have an anti-muse - my poor hubby. I struggle to write when he’s around. Which is odd because he’s a very romantic man and I find my work inspires our relationship at times. He reads my work and I think it gives him a good insight into what I find romantic and also it encourages me to be more romantic with him. But, in spite of this, I hate writing when he’s sat next to me!
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I will always do romance, I think. I love it too much. I am currently writing a fantasy romance which is different for me as I’ve only ever done medieval and I’m enjoying it but I think that’s as far as I will ever go. Romance is my first love.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I like Marsha Canham who writes medieval romance alongside other eras.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I am still in love with Jake from Borderland Bride. He’s a little bit brooding and a slightly tortured soul. I love tortured souls and he’s a real warrior. But I also love that he’s really gentle and unsure of himself. It’s very endearing. I love my heroine, Isabel, but one of my favourite characters to write was Winnie, who is a good-hearted, but outspoken maid. She’s pretty on the ball and is always on hand to give advice.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The emotional highs and lows that go with it. I’ve always been quite a level-headed person but once I started writing and really indulging the artistic side of my personality, I’ve found I’m much more likely to get drops in my mood. And it’s often balanced out by real highs - when you get a good review, or a contract etc. It can be quite draining but I try and remind myself not to be so stupid. As much as I adore what I do, it is still just making stuff up and its far too easy to take yourself too seriously sometimes!
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Just write. And find beta readers if you can. Don’t be worried about criticism, it all helps. It’s sometimes painful but I’ve got some wonderful readers now who are just perfect when I’m stuck. Their advice never fails to get me motivated and actually it can be a really positive process because it’s all about making you’re a better writer. And don’t take yourself seriously. Do it for fun too!
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Um…mostly being a mum. I stopped working when my husband started working abroad 9 months out of the year as my children are still young and it didn’t seem fair on them as it’s hard having their daddy away. Writing is perfect as I can contribute to the household and be around for my kids all the time.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
My hubby and I are planning a trip to York, England very soon. We’re staying in a beautiful old hotel and visiting all the historic sights. They have a wonderful castle and a great Viking museum. It’s perfect for me as I get time alone with my husband and get to absorb some culture. An interesting setting is a must for any romantic getaway!
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My latest book is Borderland Bride, Book 1 of The Borderland Legacy Series. Here’s the blurb:
In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the borderlands.
Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?
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As soon as his name left her lips, Isabel could not fail to detect the darkening of his eyes. Her skin tingled as elation turned to lust and she glanced down at her bare body, the heat of the water doing little to stop the shudder that coursed through her.
“Say it again,” he murmured as a hand came up to cup at her cheek.
“What?” she breathed.
“Say my name.”
His thumb pushed across her damp face and her lips parted as her heart pounded faster.
He groaned and pulled himself up so he could lean across her. His lips joined with hers in a rush of movement and her breath caught at the sudden heat of his mouth upon hers. Intuitively falling into a motion that was both so familiar yet so excitingly new, she kissed him with enthusiasm, enjoying the way his breathing stilted as their passion increased.
His tongue swept inside her mouth, searching for hers, and Isabel entwined her wet fingers around his neck, forcing him closer. His tunic dipped under the water and brushed across her breasts but he paid little heed, instead bringing his other hand up to support her head, his fingers digging under her damp braid.
As the kiss deepened, they both moaned and her hair loosened while his fingers delved through it, sending it tumbling over the edge of the tub. A splash resounded through the room as his hand left her cheek and dove under the water to grab at her body. Jake’s fingers curled around her ribs, drawing her closer to him and she let out a gasp.
Jake’s hand froze briefly but Isabel drew a hand from his neck and placed it over his, pinning his hand in place. He relaxed and dragged his lips across her cheek to her ear.
“What are you doing to me, lass?” he whispered.
She quivered as his breath grazed over her ear and his hand continued to massage at her bare skin under the water.
“No more than you are doing to me.”