I’m a chocoholic and confirmed couch potato, allergic to exercise of any kind (except maybe swimming). Although born in England, I have a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden so I was a bit of a mixed up kid. As a teenager, I moved with my family to Japan. From there I had the opportunity to travel in the Far East and other parts of the world, which was great fun. I also got to go to an American high school in Tokyo, together with kids of 138 other nationalities, and had the best time of my life!
I love reading and writing (YA obviously, but also anything historical, time slip and paranormal), dogs, genealogy, listening to rock music and doing various craft projects very badly. (It’s the trying that counts, right?) I also like collecting all kinds of stuff.
My first YA novel New England Rocks (published by Choc Lit, Aug 2013) was short listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Award for Best Romantic Young Adult novel 2014. I’ve also won some awards for my adult historical books.
First impressions, how wrong can you get?
When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school, as a punishment.
Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin…
Jesse is the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!
There’s just one small problem … Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.
But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around…
Crushing on the wrong boy – why does it feel so right?
Raven Mackenzie has finally settled into her posh British boarding school when her parents decide she has to attend an American high school for a year just because her older sister enjoyed it – so unfair!
Being a newcomer is never easy, but to her surprise she’s befriended by a group of Goths. She’s teased about her accent and English ways by others, but with the support of friends it’s easy to cope. In fact, everything would be perfect if she wasn’t crushing on the one boy she can’t have – a jock whose current girlfriend will fight for him by fair means or foul (well, mostly foul!)
Liam Donnelly is easy-going and has never given much thought to his friends’ cliquey behaviour. But when new girl Raven quite literally falls into his arms, and his friends do everything they can to keep them apart, he starts to wonder – what’s up with that?
Shy girl. Bad boy. Heading for heartache or tlc?
Kerrie Lanyon’s world collapses when her parents are killed in a horrific car crash. With no relatives to turn to, she gratefully accepts an offer from her godfather, Sir Anthony, to spend time with his family in the US.
Sir Anthony’s daughter, Raven, is attending high school in the little New England town and Kerrie agrees to do the same. Having spent most of her life at an all-girls boarding school run by nuns, however, she has no idea how to interact with boys – especially gorgeous badass ones like Axel Ohlsen. Is the flutter he causes inside her embarrassment or something else?
Axel has an on-off girlfriend, but is intrigued and attracted by Kerrie’s sadness and vulnerability. He wants to make her smile again, even though he knows it’s none of his business. Can he help heal her? Or will his on-off girlfriend throw a spanner in the works?
When opposites attract, can dreams come true?
Staying in New England for a few months is just what Sienna Randall needs after all the family problems she’s been dealing with at home in London. The last thing she’s expecting is romance, so it’s a total surprise when she ends up kissing a guy she meets on the flight.
Kyle Everett is Sienna’s complete opposite – he’s clean-cut and over-polished, she has piercings and pink dreads. But he can’t resist making out with her. He is, after all, Northbrooke High’s number one player. Except Sienna’s different from other girls. He’s definitely expecting to see her again – until they’re separated by irate airline officials before he can get her number.
Fate throws them together once more, but when Sienna turns up in Kyle’s homeroom, neither admits to having met before. The chemistry between them is still there though – should they let it have free rein or should the attraction stay in their dreams?
MY DESERT ISLAND READS
Midnight is a Lonely Place by Barbara Erskine
Shadow of the Moon by M M Kaye
Possession by A S Byatt
Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
Sophia’s Secret (aka The Winter Sea) by Susanna Kearsley
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters
The Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Transformers (all the films)
Thor (I and II, hoping for a third!)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
How to Train Your Dragon
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
10 Things I Hate About You
Almost Unreal by Roxette
When Love and Hate Collide (or pretty much any song) by Def Leppard
Points of Authority by Linkin Park
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars
My Songs Know what you Did in the Dark by Fallout Boy
Temple of the King by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow
Amaranth by Nightwish
Dear God by Avenged Sevenfold
Mastermind by Mindless Self Indulgence
Teenagers (and most anything) by My Chemical Romance
VIEW FROM MY DESK
My desk faces away from the window, so if I sit there I can’t see anything except shelves full of stuff and the walls around me. But that’s ok, because on my walls I have a notice board with lots of pictures of good-looking guys, er … I mean hero inspiration, and a massive poster of Thor (in his Chris Hemsworth incarnation). There’s also a picture of a cute sumo wrestler (yes, really!), a strange collection of stuffed toys who somehow ended up on my shelves, some research books and lots of random items like paperclips and lucky origami tsuru birds (cranes) made by my daughter. I never throw away anything that might bring me luck! Sometimes I sit in the living room to write on my laptop though, and there I’m usually surrounded by sleeping dogs (I have three). It’s quite peaceful to write while they snore gently.
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