As some of you may be aware, writing for Harlequin Presents/Mills and Boon Modern was something I was actively writing towards for at least eight years before I got that magic call and became one of their authors.
The dream to be a published romance author goes back much further than that. As a teenager I would spend most Saturdays in my local library getting my latest fix of Mills and Boon. The only books at home were men’s thrillers, so borrowing my mum’s or grandmother’s romance books wasn’t an option, so the library became my favourite place and I would go home with my borrowed treasures only to return a few weeks later for more!
During June and July, some libraries across the UK are hosting Fall in Love at your Library with Mills and Boon. #LoveAtTheLibrary Because that is exactly what I did as a teenager, I will be visiting one of the participating libraries in Wales. On 25th July I will be in Brecon library, so if you are in the area, do come along and join in the fun.
Just to prove my love affair with Mills and Boon and my desire to write for them goes back a very long way, here’s a photo of something I stumbled upon over the weekend when I was having a bit of a clear out. It’s the writers’ guidelines I requested around twenty five years ago.
There are details for writing for the historical line, then Masquerade, the line I was at that time wanting to write for and a tape recording of what they were looking for. The fact that I've had these for so long is quite scary!
What treasures or memories have you unearthed during a clear out?