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  ‘DO YOU REALLY WANT ME TO BE HONEST about the reason I started writing?’ novelist Carole Mortimer asks me. There’s a noticeable twinkle in her eye. Of course. ‘I was bored in my first marriage and writing romance novels was pure escapism from that boredom! ‘Oops! Apologies first husband,’ she adds, then bursts out … Continue readings

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  IF THERE’S SUCH A THING AS A LITERARY IT GIRL, KATE PERRY surely must fit the bill. The author of more than 30 books, mostly romance, Perry is a self-confessed tutu-sporting, Champagne swilling Black Belt, who loves nothing more than having fun. She’s the kind of girl you want to be in your gang … Continue readings

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  ‘I treat The Regency era as if it were a foreign country, and attempt to suss out the nuances of living there,’ says historical romance writer Ella Quinn, our latest guest at The Literary Lounge. A relative ‘newbie’, Ella Quinn has burst onto the historical romance writing landscape like a whirling dervish. She has … Continue readings

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‘Writing is a skill as well as a talent,’ says Caroline Linden, award-winning author of 12 novels, 2 short stories and 2 novellas. ‘Anyone can get better.’ Certainly if one were to pick up Linden’s CV and review her credentials, writing probably wouldn’t be the career that would immediately spring to mind … academic or … Continue readings

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  ‘No matter where I lived, I read. I devoured whatever I could get my hands on,’ Anne Gracie says.   An award-winning historical-romance writer, Anne was born into a family of ‘chalkies’ (‘teachers’ in Aussie slang), who moved around a lot when Anne was a children. She spent a lot of time outside playing … Continue readings

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New Orleans-born Elizabeth Hoyt is a best-selling New York Times novelist. The author of 15 historical and 2 contemporary romances (the latter as Julia Harper), she recently published Duke of Midnight, the sixth book in the acclaimed ‘Maiden Lane’ series, set in 18th-century London. Elizabeth was brought up in St Pauls, Minnesota, and travelled extensively … Continue readings

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Mary Jo Putney is a leading historical-romance writer. The recipient of many awards, ‘MJP’, as she is known affectionately to her fans, won the prestigious RWA Nora Roberts’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Born in Upstate New York, Mary Jo developed a love of reading at an early age. Her favourite authors included Georgette Heyer, … Continue readings