Fiona writes contemporary romance for Harlequin and Mills and Boon.
Aurian: Hi Fiona, welcome to my blog, have some hot chocolate and Dutch cookies. Are you looking forward to visiting the convention in Berlin already?
Fiona: I’m getting very excited about coming! I had such a great time last year, even though I was day late because my flight was cancelled. I’m brushing up on my German, which will still be terrible, but at least I’ll try!
Aurian: Are you going for some sightseeing while in Germany this time? Or perhaps just some shopping at the enormous Kaufhaus des Westen?
Fiona: I’d love to fit in some sightseeing. I’ve never been to central Berlin before. My daughter keeps telling me about a chocolate shop I need to visit - she’s 13, so chocolate is pretty much all she thinks about. I also think I’d like to see some of the beautiful parks and buildings, but I’ll have to see how busy my schedule is.
Aurian: Lol what is it with authors and chocolate. I know Annie West wants to go to the Ritter Sport store in Berlin, Französische Straße 24...
Can you tell a little about the books you have written so far, and what you would like to do next, some completely different genre perhaps? Or would you like to write a series?
Fiona: I started off writing short, funny contemporary romances for Mills & Boon, published by CORA in Germany, but in the last couple of years I’ve also been writing longer books for the mainstream women’s fiction market. The one I’ve just handed in is about a woman who has started her own proposal planning business, helping men pop the question in a YouTube-worthy way, and it has the potential to become a series. I’ve had an idea for a Young Adult novel that I’d like to write, too, if I ever find the time!
Aurian: If someone unfamiliar with your books wanted to read one, which one do you think is the best one to hook someone to your writing? Which one is the funniest one?
Fiona: Ooh, it’s difficult to pick favourites! Always The Best Man is a pretty good example of my style, but other ones that have been very popular are Invitation To The Boss’s Ball (a grown-up Cinderella story with vintage clothes) and Snowbound in the Earl’s Castle. I think the best way to describe my books would be warm, funny and emotional.
Aurian: Ooo I love books with vintage clothes. Not that I wear those myself, but I love seeing them/reading about them.
What are you working on at the moment?
Fiona: I’ve just finished final edits on my Proposal Planner book, which will be called The Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams and will be out this autumn, and now I’m writing a novella about a jilted bride for Harlequin’s brand new transmedia project - The Chatsfield. Not only are there books and online reads about an exclusive London hotel, but there is a dedicated website with its own set of interactive stories, video diaries and you can ‘check in’ to the hotel website and solve a mystery. It’s a really original project. Check it out: here
Aurian: Who are some of your favourite authors, and what book are you reading for fun, not research, at the moment?
Fiona: My favourite authors are Julie Cohen, Kelly Hunter, Pamela Hartshorne/Jessica Hart (same person!) and C.S. Lewis. At the moment I’m reading both ‘The Summer Wedding’ by Fiona Walker and ‘The House on Blackberry Hill’ by Donna Alward, who is a terrific writer, but also a really good friend.
Aurian: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Fiona, I look forward to seeing you in Berlin in two weeks.
Coming from two generations of journalists, writing was in Fiona’s genes, she just didn’t unscramble the code in her DNA until she’d tried out a few other creative professions first. But instead of reporting stories, as her father and grandfather did, she makes them up! Fiona lives in London with her husband and two daughters. She loves good books, good films and good food, and can always find some room in her diet for cinnamon and chocolate.
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