Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write in a variety of genre. Many of my stories are tinged with the supernatural and feature haunted characters tormented by dark secrets.
The Otherworld Series are the paranormal romances I write for Harlequin Nocturne. Otherworld is a magical realm existing just beyond mortal sight. The Otherworld Series tells the stories of the heroes who fight to protect this beautiful place from the battles threatening to tear it apart.
I write steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing and books in my Georgian Rebel Series feature compelling heroes who fight hard for the cause they believe in and harder for the women they love.
The Jago Legacy Series, my gothic romances, are love stories with a dash of horror and a creepily ever after.
Set around the Isle of Man, my dark erotic romantic suspense books, The Cunning Prophet Series, feature psychic elements and a charismatic, obsessive villain.
I live in England. I’m married to a lovely man and am mum to two grown up children.
I currently have twelve books published. How many have I written? Well, since I’ve been writing books ever since I could hold a pen, the answer to that question would have to be “hundreds”!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is, Otherworld Protector, a Harlequin Nocturne. It’s the first in a series of paranormal romances set a mystical realm known as Otherworld.
I’m fascinated by the ancient Celtic idea of an ‘otherworld’ that is situated, not in some distant, unknown region of planetary space, but here on our own earth just out of sight and within our grasp (if we really believe in it and want it enough). The Otherworld of my imagination is a beautiful place inhabited by many races, including faeries, vampires, lycanthropes, phantoms and gods. Unfortunately, the constant battles between these warring dynasties threaten to spill over into the mortal realm.
Otherworld Protector is the story of what happens when Stella, an ordinary girl, gets caught up in the fight for Otherworld. Of course, this is a romance (a very steamy one!) and, since she is watched over by an invisible protector, Stella may not be quite so ordinary, after all.
Within this story there is a familiar figure, one I’ve always wondered about. Was the great sorcerer Merlin real or legend? I like to think he existed. Perhaps, when you’ve finished reading Otherworld Protector, you will think so too.
Otherworld Protector is the first book in this series, so there will be more opportunities to cross the boundary and meet the compelling heroes who protect Otherworld soon!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Other than the fact that I have to be pried away from my keyboard to resume normal life? No, I can’t think of any.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
As a reader, I’m quite eclectic and that obviously influences my writing. I love romance (of course) and historical romance in particular, but I also like mysteries, crime novels and I do love a good horror story. Not blood and guts, but proper spine-tinglers. Gothic romance is my first love, both in my reading and my writing. Think Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Love stories with a dash of horror! Romances that scare the life out of you! What’s not to love about that? I like to think I am at the point where Jane Austen and Stephen King meet and overlap.
What are you working on now?
There are two more books to come in the Otherworld Series plus a gothic paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne. The title of this book is IMMORTAL BILLIONAIRE (and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to capture the heart of one of those?). For Connie Lacey, an all expenses paid holiday on a privately owned, heart-shaped Floridian island seems too good to be true. And maybe it is…
I also have a three book contract with Harlequin Romantic Suspense and I can’t wait to share these exciting, romantic stories that will get your pulse racing in more ways than one!
In 2017, I have a six book paranormal series with St Martin’s Press new digital romance line, SMP Swerve, coming out. Watch out for my hot Arctic werewolves (trust me, they are irresistible)!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t think you can beat Facebook and Twitter for connecting with readers, but I also enjoy engaging in reader promotions with magazines like Fresh Fiction and The Romance Reviews. If readers take time to talk to me and comment or ask about my books, I’m delighted to respond.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
As Winston Churchill once said “Never, ever give up.” I also think you have to be true to yourself and your core values. When you are starting out as a writer, you get a lot of conflicting advice and it’s very tempting to start changing your writing to fit someone else’s idea of what it should look like. You can’t please everyone and you’ll end up pleasing no-one. Write the book YOU want to read.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do what nurtures you.
What are you reading now?
I’m re-reading Winston Graham’s Poldark series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
In 2015 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I’m very lucky because it’s low grade and slow growing. I always tell people about it because I hope it helps other people with serious conditions to see that you can still thrive and achieve
But some things, without being life threatening, are life changing and do make you stop and think. So right now, I’ve got a lot going on without planning too far ahead.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Venetia by Georgette Heyer. Anything by Georgette Heyer, really.