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1.How did you pick the title for your books?
I start with a working title but I don’t always get to keep it. The editorial department chooses the titles but occasionally I’ve been able to use my own or brainstorm with my editor over them.
2. How did you choose the setting for your books?
Setting can be a bit like a character in a novel. It influences the story in lots of ways. I chose London for this novel, as it’s one of my favourite cities. I also wanted the winter setting for the St Valentine’s Day theme.
3. How did you come up with the names for your heroes and heroines?
I find the naming of characters really fun. I trawl through baby name websites and I make a note of any names I like the sound of when I’m out and about or watching a movie or reading a magazine, etc. I will file it away for a future novel. Names are so important (to me at least) as they reflect the nature of the character. A softer sounding name doesn’t always work for an alpha hero for instance.
4.What makes your heroes irresistible?
I like my heroes to be realistic, not clichéd. I like them to be flawed but still be good men with strong convictions and values.
5. Share some random facts about yourself...
I love training my three poodles to do tricks. They are like a little circus act now.
I am an ambassador for The Australian Childhood Foundation (along with Chris Hemsworth and Eric Bana). I have a passionate commitment to help children in need.
6. Your advice to new writers.
Writing is like any other exercise. It takes time to build the right muscles. The more you practise the stronger you become. But along with the practice you need good coaching. Read books on the craft of writing and attend writing classes and workshops.
Tell us about your book...
Dr Bertie Clark has been jilted at the altar but is too embarrassed to
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