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Who is Susanne Hampton?
I am the mother of two adult daughters and a short-tempered Malteze Shih-Tzu who clearly does not like her human siblings. With an optimistic outlook on life, which was required to deal with rejection letters over the 19 years since my first submission to Mills & Boon, I still hold out hope that my fur child will bond with her big sisters one day. By day I work for the South Australian government in a contract and event management role and all other spare time is spent writing medical romance. Since signing with Mills & Boon my garden has taken a turn for the worse and the ironing pile is at risk of an avalanche…..but I am very happy.
Who is your favourite author?
I admire and enjoy reading many, many authors but the first Mills & Boon Medical Romance author I read was Marion Lennox, and I still absolutely love her books. Danielle Steel is my ‘go to’ writer if I want to escape into another world.
Do you listen to music while you write?
My brain would not cope with music and writing. Decades ago, when I was still at school I could study and listen to the radio but that would be too much at my age and I would certainly go mad.
What type of music?
When I am not writing, I love listening to most genres, although Michael Bolton is an all time favorite (I was fortunate enough to meet him not long ago and can say he is such a lovely and gracious man – plus very handsome). I also listen to my daughter Orianthi’s music and love it! Super proud.
What does 'romance' mean to you?
Romance is when two people realise they have met the ‘one’. The euphoric mix of love and lust and the desire to spend every possible moment with the person you know in your heart is the most precious and important being the world.
What do you do to relax?
A candlelit bubble bath every night is my time. I would rather miss half an hour of sleep than go without my time to let my mind and spirit unwind in the warm, fragrant bubbles.
‘Unlocking the Doctor’s Heart’ is my debut book and the story of Beth Seymour and Matthew Harrison and their rollercoaster journey to finding love. Beth left an almost ‘Cinderella’ background in England to forge a new life in Australia through a medical exchange program. Matthew, an A & E consultant and Beth’s new boss, is angry at the world and distrusting of women after having his heart shattered many years before. Medicine is his mistress and he fights the overwhelming attraction he feels to Beth with everything he has but she won’t take no for an answer. This story is about learning to trust again, feeling the joy that love brings and relinquishing the need to be in control.