What is your book about?
Borderland Bride is set in Northumbria in 14th Century England at a time when the borderland’s were very dangerous. Isabel, a stranger to the area, comes under attack and loses her voice and hearing. When she’s rescued by a knight, Jake, and taken back to his brother’s home, a relationship develops between them. But Isabel has a big secret and Jake struggles with trust so they both have to make some difficult choices.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I wanted to write a story where communication was an issue. I loved the idea of a relationship forming without the use of words. Realising I didn’t know enough of another language to use that as a barrier, I ensured my poor heroine lost both her voice and hearing.
What makes your book different than others in your genre?
My use of language is different. I know my native English tongue differs slightly but I hope that brings a sense of realism, particularly when it comes to dialogue. I love writing dialogue and I think that comes across. I’m lucky in that I’ve been able to visit places featured in my books (castles etc) and I hope to bring a sense of realism into my stories by blending my experiences into my tales.
How long did it take you to write your book?
Generally I take about three months. I write full time so I put in anything between 4-6 hours of writing a day. I’m lucky to have an incredibly efficient editor who ensures editing doesn’t take too long.
What are some writing goals for the future?
I’d like to perhaps expand into a different historical era or even write some contemporary romances. I am in the process of writing a fantasy romance but it is still set in a medievally sort of world, so its not too far removed from my previous stuff.
If you were stranded on an island which book would you bring with you?
How to Survive on a Desert Island – I’m making the gross assumption this book exists! Failing that, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.
What makes a good romance book?
The characterisation is essential. I love it when a book makes your stomach churn with fear, apprehension, excitement… If you don’t care for the characters then that won’t happen. In romance, you need to want them to get together and I love that little stomach flip you get when it finally happens.