Thanks first to Romance Reader for inviting me to blog.
For those who don't know me (and I hope after this more of you will!) I write for Harlequin Mills and Boon's medical series.
My first medical romance, Dr Campbell'sSecret Son was published in 2007. I chose to write medicals for two reasons; firstly because I trained as a nurse and secondly because my husband is a doctor and I knew it was unlikely that I would run out of medical scenarios any time soon. However if anyone had told me that five years later I'd be writing my nineteenth I doubt I would have believed them!
They say write what you know and that's essentially what I do. Most of the medical background comes from personal experience or from my husband who worked as a GP before becoming an obstetrician. When I left nursing I worked as a manager in children's services as well as a fertility unit and have written stories set in hospitals, in General Practice, in private IVF units and Harley Street.
I was brought up in South Africa, and my second book Her Very Special Boss is set in the place where I lived with my husband when he worked in a rural hospital. Africa is a country very close to my heart and three of my other books are, at least in part, set there.
That's not to say that I haven't written books where I have had no first hand experience and where I rely on research and my imagination. In Miracle:Marriage Reunited the heroine is a writer and has her own TV show, and in Doctor on the Red Carpet the hero is a stuntman based in Hollywood.
I often start with the setting and then put my characters into difficult emotional situations. I have had heroines with life threatening illnesses, bereaved heroines, heroines who don't know what to do with their lives and also traumatised heroes. The book I'm currently writing is partly set in Afghanistan during the current conflict.
Sometimes the editors like us to write a book as part of a series. For example my latest US release, St Piran's:Daredevil, Doctor ...Dad is part of a series based around the fictional hospital of St Piran's. The series has two characters whose story runs through all the books, in this case Josh and Megan but my story centres around Mac a doctor who goes out on Emergency retrievals and Abby who works with him. I love writing feisty heroines and strong, heroic men and Abby and Mac certainly fall into this category.
I could go on- and on but I would prefer it if you would ask me questions. So please, feel free to ask me anything!
I look forward to hearing from you