For those of you who don't know me I was born in London but I’m now lucky enough to live in Polperro, a beautiful fishing village in Cornwall. All my life I’ve wanted to be a writer and as a child I filled endless notebooks with stories about ponies and forced my poor family to read them! When I was 14 I discovered Jilly Cooper and from the on my career path was set - I was going to write big fat block busters! I filled two arch folders with my historical bodice ripper (now hidden in my office, so cliched it makes me blush) before going on to write several shorter contemporary novels. It was at this time that I began my impressive collection of rejection letters!
One degree and a teaching job later I happened to meet my husband while on a girls’ weekend in Cornwall. Weeks later I decided to do the maddest thing ever - I handed in my notice and moved to Cornwall to be with him. I never looked back and I now teach Media Studies part time at Bodmin College and spend the rest of my time writing novels and short stories.
I now have a literary agent, Eve White (www.evewhite.co.uk) and am lucky enough to write for Little Black Dress and Orion. My first novel, Katy Carter Wants a Hero, was published in April 2010 and hit the national press because Richard and Judy picked it up. Katy was then sold to Russia (??) and Germany and is also out in the USA, or so American readers tell me! In March 2012 Katy was nominated for RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year. I was lucky enough to get to attend a glittering ceremony in London where I met amazing writers like Katie Fforde, Lindsay Kelk and Jill Mansell. I could hardly believe I was there too. I'm on the bottom rung of a very long ladder but I'm loving every minute. I'm meeting amazing people and having so much fun. It sounds corny but it really is a dream come true.
My ultimate aim is to be able to write full time so watch this space! In the meantime I'm really busy arranging all the publicity for my next novel, Ellie Andrews has Second Thoughts, which is out on May 12th and trying to write novel 3. I also teach writers courses (www.writerscoursescornwall.co.uk ) to support other new and aspiring writers. They get to write and study in Polperro and we always find time for a quick trip to the Blue Peter Inn aka The Mermaid in Katy Carter.
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OK, now I really must do some work! xx