Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 11 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.
Now on to today’s featured author, Here’s the question I asked:
What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?
This is going to sound corny, but my biggest inspiration is my family, friends and my husband Jonathan. I come from a huge, sprawling, warm Irish family where I have witnessed firsthand every kind of love, though good and bad times. My friends too, new and old, all bring something different to my experience of love, in their relationships with their loved ones and families, it’s fascinating to see the many forms love takes. And finally, my own love story, after many years we’re still there for each other through thick and thin, my husband Jonathan is my biggest supporter when it comes to my writing career, and it has its up side, writers don’t talk much when they’re writing, so less chance of disagreements! J
Here’s a little bit about today’s author:
I have been making up stories since I could speak; primarily to entertain my sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough audience. As soon as I could pick up a pen, I started writing them down. It was no surprise I wanted to be a journalist; ideally, the editor of a glossy magazine, so I could meet and marry a rock star – some of that came true – and in common with so many, I still hold the burning ambition to be a ‘Bond Girl’!
Today, I run a busy boutique PR consultancy in the East Midlands, and write my novels at every opportunity; early in the morning, late at night, on holiday, on aeroplanes and on dog walks in parks. So, that mad woman scribbling in purple pen in a notebook really is me, honestly.
I am proud to be a member of the Romantics Novelists’ Association, and true to form, am the editor of the association’s magazine, Romance Matters. I’m a founder of the indie publishing group, The New Romantics Press, and with the support of three other authors, Lizzie Lamb, June Kearns and Mags Cullingford, I have now written and published three novels – two of which, The Hollow Heart and A Change of Heart, were finalists in the Best Author Published Reads at the Festival of Romantic Fiction in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Not content with this slightly frenzied workload, Lizzie and I also contributed to a short story anthology, Hocus Pocus – which, I am delighted to say, has also been well received.
I may not have fallen for a rock star – the original plan – but definitely nabbed myself a hero, and now live in the middle of the English shires with my husband Jonathan, two cocker spaniels and a rescue cat named Agatha Christie.
I am also lucky enough to have a home in the Wicklow mountains, which helps me ‘keep my ear in’ and returning there goes some way to inspire the many characters featured in my stories.
My latest novel, Scandal of the Seahorse Hotel, is currently being scribbled down at every available moment – please look out for it, coming later this year.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Todays featured book is “Secrets of the Heart”. If you haven’t checked out her book, then here’s a little about it and where to find it.
Finally free to be together on the remote Irish isle of Innishmahon, campaigning journalist Marianne Coltrane and her movie star partner, Ryan O’Gorman are looking forward to life away from the bright lights of Hollywood and the constant pursuit of the paparazzi.
However, when nature conspires to keep them apart and Ryan puts both his own and his son’s life at risk, Marianne finally realises how determined he is they should be a family. She now needs to put aside her own, deep rooted fear of commitment and come to terms with the sinister secrets buried within her family history.
Yet when Ryan’s own devastating secret is revealed, and their world is turned upside down, Marianne has to call upon more than determination to see them through. She has to believe in love with every fibre of her being, because if she cannot, it could mean not only the end of their relationship, but even life itself.
I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another awesome tour for 2015!