There's None So Blind (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 8)
First published in a Romance Writers of Australia anthology, this story took inspiration from the ordeal experienced by an English ancestor in the late eighteenth century. With a little tweaking (and a few name changes!), it’s gone on to form the basis of my forthcoming historical romance, The Heart Has Its Reasons.
Threading Pearls (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 7)
Just prior to World War I, my maternal grandmother arrived in Australia from Argentina. I discovered that on her family’s round-the-world voyage she not only learned English, but enjoyed a romance with the ship’s doctor. Her adventures gave me the idea for this story.
Love Never Dies (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 6)
Much has been made recently of World War I commemorations, with its heavy loss of life on the battlefield. We tend to forget the attacks on British civilians. This fantasy story was inspired by those events, one hundred years ago.
In The Southern Wild (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 5)
I saw a landscape of indigo storm clouds and bleached yellow grass. The clouds looked threatening, and the story came, suddenly, out of left field. Much bleaker than my other writing, it nonetheless has an optimistic ending.
Peridot Eyes (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 4)
Not a gem that gets a lot of exposure. Its mention by the heroine highlights her nerdy nature. She’s never quite forgotten her childhood boyfriend and his eyes that reminded her of peridots.
Falling Stars (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 3)
Inspired by stories of Welsh faery folk, I set this story in a mythical place somewhere on the Welsh borders. It involves the plight of the poverty-stricken daughter of an imaginary duke and duchess, who’s in love with an equally impoverished blacksmith.
True Love Is Constant (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 2)
I just had to make my heroine a librarian. My previous story, Spring Has Sprung, had at its centre two retired spinster librarians. Here, Eva is younger, divorced, and looking for love (with just a little help from her sister Babs).
Spring Has Sprung (Stories of Life, Stories of Love Book 1)
A finalist in a national competition, this story was inspired by the two librarians who presided over our town library when I was a child. They seemed intimidating and a little scary, yet each year before Christmas they invited me to choose six new books for the holidays, from many boxes of new arrivals. I still remember my excitement, and the scent of those books. To this day, I love libraries.