For a long time after I married, my newspaper editor husband and four children
kept me fully occupied. I didn’t find much time for writing but managed to
squeeze in a creative writing course and had short stories published in the
Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day.
Then a few years ago, while teaching units on popular fiction, I suddenly
discovered romance novels. It was rather like falling in love at first sight.
Where had they been all my life??? I knew almost instantly that these were the
kinds of stories I was meant to write. Brimming with confidence, I quickly
submitted a full manuscript and waited to be accepted with my first attempt.
the rejection letter arrived I realised I had much hard work ahead of me, but
instead of being put off, I set to work. I attacked the task of writing
romance novels with growing respect for the genre and a long-term commitment.
My children were growing up and starting to follow their own dreams, so I had
a little space in my life. Soon I was spending most of my holidays and
weekends glued to my computer and I became totally committed to my goal - to
be published by Harlequin Mills & Boon.
Four and a half years later the long awaited telephone call came from London.
Finally my Outback hero Fletcher and city heroine Ally would have a life of
their own in print! The fact that I was also setting off in a new an exciting
career as a contracted author seemed secondary at the time.
I’ve always believed it is up to us to make our dreams come true. I’ve
encouraged my children to believe this and they are fulfilling their dreams
right now. It is because romance stories are all about dreams coming true that
I love them so much. I love gutsy, impetuous heroines and strong, sexy heroes
who also have a sense of fun. And I love the threat in each romance that this
time the hero and heroine might miss out on a happily ever after ending.
(Thank heavens that threat is always resolved!)
I particularly love stories where one character must take risks to achieve his
or her dream of lasting romantic love.
I have always enjoyed the support of my family and I’ve been lucky to have a
partner who can give encouragement and advice as a fellow writer. I sincerely
hope that my experience might help other aspiring writers to stick to the
Follow your dream, because perseverance can finally pay off!