April 21, 2017

With so few men writing or reading Romance, why has my publisher, Accent Press, put me into that genre and why does being a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association seem appropriate?

I think it’s because my novels are character driven. Of course, plot is essential and in Romance there are a thousand and one nuances, but basically, woman meets man, the path to a relationship is hazardous, it seems doomed to failure, then it works out. What makes a story sparkle are the characters.

There’s such a wealth of potential in people. Consider your own character, its complexity, mood swings and so on. Next think of the person closest to you, a partner, a relative, a best friend. Despite similarities they are so very different to you. With seven billion people out there, that’s a lot of material to choose from, each person with endless plot potential.

My inspiration comes from observing people, followed by make believe about their thoughts and actions. I get to know them as the story unfolds; t...

April 8, 2017

I'm a member of the UK Romantic Novelists' Association. At conferences with 200+ delegates, no more than 20 are male authors are writing romantic books.  Admittedly, the vast majority of Romance readers are female, but surely they have a curiosity about the male take on relationships.

I've included some males in this photo gallery - that's me bottom right. Can you name the authors, reading horizontally through the images? Submit your answers by email, and if you get them all correct, I'll send you my short story that was short-listed in the 2016 Cambridge Writers competition. 

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