I've been writing romance for several years now and, although the road to publication is a long one, I've never given up the belief that one day my name will be up there on the shelves alongside some of my favourite authors. Aiming my work at Harlequin Mills and Boon
, I've just started a new story and given myself that all-important incentive - a deadline for submission!
The life of a romance writer isn't all nose to the keyboard, however. I've attended several conferences run by The Romantic Novelists' Association
, whose diverse range of workshops and talks is a must for all aspiring authors. There's also the chance to meet and mingle with other writers, both published and unpublished, and soak up the buzz and inspiration during a packed weekend that goes by all too quickly.
I also try to attend a few writing courses during the year, partly to catch up with fellow writers and friends, but also to help me set deadlines for my work. Keeping one's work on track is an ongoing challenge but staying in a luxurious hotel in beautiful surroundings for a weekend is a real treat - after all, work and no play can be soooooooooooooooooooo unproductive . . .
Photo: with HMB author Rachael Thomas
at the RNA gala dinner.