A RITA is the annual award of the Romance Writers of America

 


 

 

RITA WINNER 1998

 

HIS BROTHER'S CHILD


Published by

Harlequin Romance: 1997
ISBN 0-373-03450-4

 


 

 

RITA FINALIST 1997

 

FOR THE LOVE OF EMMA


Published by

Harlequin Romance: 1996
ISBN 0-373-03410-5

 


 

 

RITA FINALIST 1997

 

THE UNROMANTIC LADY

 

Published by

Fawcett Crest: 1996
ISBN 0-449-22386-8
 


 

 

RITA WINNER 1991

 

SONG OF THE LORELEI


Published by

Silhouette Romance: 1990
ISBN 0-373-08754-3

 


 

 

RITA FINALIST 1989

 

A PEARL BEYOND PRICE


Published by

Silhouette Romance: 1987
ISBN 0-373-08503-6

 

 

 


 

 

 

Read an interview at Night Owl about

my favourite romance!

 

   

 

 

 

The most romantic love story I have ever known is my own. It started when I was taking a short holiday in Venice, Italy.

 

I can remember sitting at a little cafe in St.Mark's Square, listening to the orchestra, watching the sun wink off my wine glass, and wondering what this magical city would bring me. Three hours later I met a tall, dark, handsome Venetian, who asked me to have dinner with him that night.

"Definitely not!!" I said. "I've dated Italians before, "and you're all hands."


He looked shocked at my suspicions. "Just friendly!" he promised.
  But he didn't keep his word - Thank goodness!


He had more charm than any man has a right to have, and the evening was pure magic. We ate at a little canal side cafe, and took a motor bus up the Grand Canal, where the beautiful old buildings were bathed in floodlight. And, of course, we took a ride in a gondola.

 

He was in his thirties, and an old hand at dodging wedding bells. But that same evening he began to drop hints about the kind of woman he wanted to marry. Gradually I realized that he was serious. In the end it took him a whole twenty four hours to propose formally. I said yes. It was complete madness, but I was in love.


After our marriage we lived mostly in England. My husband was an artist. I was a journalist for some years, working on a major women's magazine. While writing features I found myself in some fascinating situations. I've camped out with lions in Africa, flown with the flying ambulances of the remote Scottish islands, and tried the gaming tables in Monte Carlo.

 

When I finally gave up journalism to write romances, all these experiences crept into my work.


I also interviewed some of the world's most interesting and attractive men, Warren Beatty, Richard Chamberlain, Roger Moore, Charlton Heston. Even when I took a fill in job in a London store, I found myself serving Michael Caine.

 

We did return to Italy for a couple of years, and rented a villa just outside Venice. It was then that I really got to know the Italian people, and the rest of the country.
 

When we first became engaged my family and friends were aghast, muttering about ‘holiday romances that never last’.  But we had a happy marriage that lasted 45 years, and only ended recently when he had a fatal heart attack.

 

His influence in my work hasn’t ended and never will.

It is no accident that so many of my books are set in Italy. I've used Venice as a background, but also Rome, Florence, Milan, Tuscany and Sicily. I love writing Italian heroes. The legend of the romantic Italian male has a lot of truth in it. The men from this hot, colorful country have a full hearted, emotional reaction to life that makes them lovely to be with – and to write about.

When I sit down to write I know that my wonderful husband is still with me.  And he always will be.

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Here's a TV interview in which my husband Roberto and I talk about our own real-life romance.

 
 
 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

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