Hello, I'm an Australian author who writes historical romantic suspense.
I've always been a romantic at heart -- and a huge classic movie buff. When I was young I'd prefer to stay home on a Friday night to watch Bill Collins present a classic from the Golden Years of Hollywood to going out.
Those films introduced me to classic literature - Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson, Ivanhoe with Elizabeth Taylor, the Woman in White with Eleanor Parker, Gone with the Wind with Vivien Leigh, and many, many more.
These tales had strong heroines, dashing heroes and lashings of adventure. I would lose myself for hours in these stories and attempt to write some of my own.
Although I did well in English and history, I wasn't exactly the most diligent student - I was too much of a daydreamer.
But I was practical enough to realise that the only job that was going to pay me for writing was being a journalist.
As it so happened, I also had a teenage crush on our local newspaper's music, TV and film reviewer. But that's a love story for another time, suffice to say that my crush and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary last month.
All of this television and film watching influenced the way I write. I see movies played out in front of my eyes, including camera angles, pans, cutaways, crossfades... it's all terrible cinematic in my head.
And it’s the reason I enjoy writing historical romantic suspense – the action provides added tension – sure the hero and heroine like each other and would make a great couple, but will they live long enough for it to happen? Of course, they do, but it’s so much fun to get from A-to-B viaTimbuktoo.