When I was a teenager, I told all my friends that one day I’d be a romance writer. Many years later when I was going through a particularly stressful time in my business (high-end jewellery designer and retailer Briolette in Canberra) I started writing the story of Charlotte Ranleigh and Daniel Winterflood as a means of escape.
Charlotte and Daniel are the central characters in what became my first novel, Winterflood’s Passion, based in the deceptively placid town of Bowral in the gorgeous Southern Highlands of New South Wales. These two became like family to me and writing about how their passionate love overcame all obstacles was a godsend at a trying time in my life.
And once I’d started I couldn’t stop! I just had to write the story of the divine country vet, Dr Nick Delaney, and Daniel’s mysterious and feisty cousin, Jordana Talbot, in Unbridled Passion. Actually, I had to write the second in the Bowral ‘Passion’ series very quickly, before my growing band of readers beat down my door to find out what happens to masculine, sexy Nick who misses out on the girl in Winterflood’s Passion.
My readers are proving just as impatient for the next in this Bowral-based romance series – Inflamed Passion. This is the story of bad-boy, Italian stallion restaurateur, Carlo Bontempelli, and whether or not he’s met his love-match in Ashlin Donovan.
I have a chaotic life, splitting my time between my business in Canberra and our family farm ‘Baskerville Park’ in Braidwood where I live with my husband of more than 40 years. Named for our beloved Hungarian Viszla hounds, the farm is a tranquil place for me to indulge my passion for reading romance novels and my creative pursuits of painting, quilting, cooking and, of course, writing.
Australian country life has a very special place in my heart and various aspects that I love so much feature strongly in my Bowral Passion series. I really do believe romance lives here.
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