Q: How did you get started in writing contemporary romance novels?
I trained as a nurse, and started writing medical romance for Harlequin, then shifted to
Harlequin Presents and from there to contemporary romance novels. I’m fascinated by
relationships, whether its romance, friendship or family, and I love writing uplifting fiction.
Q: How would you describe your writing style using three words?
Emotional, warm, fun.
Q: Tell us, readers, a little bit about your new release, Snowed in for Christmas.
Snowed in For Christmas includes three of my favorite things – a sizzling romance (several sizzling romances in fact!), a big, loving complicated family, and Christmas.
Thanks to a combination of work pressures, bad luck, and the heaviest snowstorm for several decades, Lucy Clarke, single, alone and definitely not feeling festive, finds herself snowed in with the Miller family for Christmas. It’s not the worst place to be trapped. The Miller family take Christmas seriously, and the house is filled with fir trees, log fires, festive sparkle, and the delicious smells of baking, but it isn’t all comfort and joy. Seriously sexy businessman Ross Miller isn’t thrilled that Lucy has turned up at his family home, and things become complicated when his delightful but interfering family mistake her for his girlfriend. Lucy suddenly finds herself entangled in the complex dynamics of the Miller family, while falling for Ross…. It’s a fun, cozy, festive read and I hope it’s going to make readers smile!
Q: What was the inspiration behind the Miller family?
One of my favorite Christmas movies is While You Were Sleeping – I just love the idea of a big, loving, interfering family and wanted to explore that in Snowed in For Christmas. Having a loving family is wonderful of course, but in the case of the three Miller siblings, the well-meanin meddling by their parents and grandmother causes problems and my heroine Lucy is caught in
the middle of that. Exploring the family dynamics was almost as much fun as writing the romance.
Q: Do you outline or just dive straight into the story when writing it?
I do a very broad outline and have a good idea of theme and the characters, but the detail will change as I write. That’s the fun of the creative process!
Q: What is your favorite beverage when working on a new project? It has to be coffee, although in the depths of winter I occasionally treat myself to a warming mug of hot chocolate, particularly when I’m writing a Christmas book!
Q: What themes will readers find in your new release, Snowed in for Christmas?
The main themes are centered around home and family. There is a particular focus on keeping secrets from loved ones, and the many complicated reasons that drive us to hold back from revealing facts or feelings. Sometimes we hold things back because we’re not sure what the other person’s reaction will be. Or we hold things back because we’re protecting someone. Withholding information can lead to some interesting twists and turns. If we’re left to guess what a person is thinking, we so often get it wrong. That definitely happens in this story!
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers in your genre?
Focus on creating great characters who face real, relatable challenges. Emotional tension will keep readers turning the pages. It’s the advice that all writers give (because it’s good advice!), but reading is important. Read widely and critically. Books can teach us so much about writing. If you love something, try and figure out why and if you can’t get past the first chapter then take
a close look at the reason.
Q: How many projects are you currently working on that you can share with us, readers?
I’m finishing up my summer book for 2023 (title to be revealed!) and I’ve already started my Christmas book for next year. I start thinking about Christmas a lot sooner than most people!
Q: Where can readers find you and your books online?
If they’re not on the shelf (I hope they will be!) then my books are available to order from most bookstores, and at all the usual online retailers. I’m active on social media and readers can find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. All the information on my books (including a full printable booklist!) is on my website, and readers can sign up to my newsletter. Here are some