My father taught me to love books when I was just a child – and that lifelong passion includes writing them as well as reading them.
I started scribbling short stories (mostly about ponies) in my schoolbooks when I was very small. Those schoolgirl scribbles slowly developed into ‘proper’ writing, leading me into the best job a person could ever have – being a writer.
I love writing books about the Australian outback, and have been touched by the amazing response from readers to my Coorah Creek books. It’s a series of novels set in a small town in outback Australia. The town is fictional, but it’s very real to me and to my readers. The series has won a number of awards, including the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year in the UK, Two Book Buyers best Awards and the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice award in the USA.
Although there are more books about Australia to come, I have taken a bit of a diversion and am now also writing as Juliet Bell – in collaboration with my writer friend Alison May. Juliet Bell has a preoccupation with misunderstood classic fiction, and stories that explore the darker side of relationships. The first book is The Heights – a modern retelling of the story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, set in Yorkshire against the backdrop of the miner’s strike and the decline of a proud pit community. You can read more about it here.
There’s a lot more on my website – more books and some free short stories to read. While you’re here, please have a click around. There are musings on the blog, and details of my tutoring and manuscript appraisal services for writers.
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I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Wedding Bells By The Creek has been shortlisted for the RoNA ROSE Award, presented by the Romantic Novelists’ Association. The award is for a romantic novella, and I am one of five on the shortlist.
This book tells the story of an older couple – who have taken more than their fair share of knocks in their lives. It’s a book that says love and romance is for everyone – not just the young and beautiful. Continue reading