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Tell us about yourself…
I am a fairly typical romance author in that my love of reading romance led me to write it. I’m also neurotic and a worrywart which may or may not be so typical! But like other romance authors, I believe in the power of love to change lives.
How did you choose your genre?
I think it chose me! I started reading romance at the age of seventeen and was swept into the fantasy of the fairytale happy ever after. I decided then and there I wanted to write it so I could give readers the same enjoyment I received when reading my favourite authors.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
You mean apart from the looming deadline and legal contract to deliver it by a certain date?!! J I wanted to explore a couple of issues: home is where the heart is and the nature of love and commitment. I also had a scene I wanted to start a book with (see answer below).
I put my heroine Isabella Courtney a long way from home after ending her engagement back in England. I made my hero Zach Fletcher isolated and deeply lonely as he juggled work as the local cop and looking after his injured father.
Izzy and Zach were perfect for each other as they both needed to learn to trust their feelings and open their hearts to love.
How did you come up with the title?
My working title was Lady Isabella and the Country Cop but the editorial department came up with Flirting With The Socialite Doc. I can’t write a book unless I have a working title. Sometimes I get to keep them!
What is your favourite scene?
I’d have to say the scene in the first chapter where Zach arrives at the local pub where the locals are giving Izzy a combined welcome and birthday party. Izzy thinks Zach is the surprise “naughty” birthday present from her best friend Hannah back home - a male stripper dressed as a cop.
BTW, truth is stranger than fiction. I read a snippet of news that in the Northern Territory a few months ago the police were called to a rowdy hen’s party and the tipsy women mistook the police for strippers! I couldn’t wait to use that scene. I wrote the whole book around it. It was too good to waste.