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All About Anna Sugden

I’ve always been a sucker for a happy ending. Even as a child, whether it was Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder or Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, I preferred books and films with a happy ending. And, if a story I loved didn’t come to the joyous conclusion I wanted, I’d imagine a new ending of my own. I was always a voracious reader too, so discovering romance novels was perfect.

It’s probably no surprise that I had a dream of writing my own romances one day. Busy with my career as a senior Marketing manager for a major multinational company that makes household products, then as a primary school teacher, it was something I imagined in the future, perhaps when I’d retired. In the meantime, I dabbled away, penning scenes and scenarios, plotting stories and listening to the characters who inhabited my head. (yes, I hear voices!)

Who’d have known that my husband’s posting to the US would open the door for me to write? Thanks to a lengthy and torturous immigration process, and no work permit, I had a lot of time on my hands when we moved to New Jersey. My husband came across an online romance writing course on Barnes & Noble’s website, linked to the Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York, and encouraged me to take it. Through the course, I was introduced to eharlequin.com and RWA. I’ve never looked back!

I write heart-warming contemporary romances. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, my work has won or finalled in a number of prestigious writing contests. In December 2012, I sold my first book to Harlequin Super Romance. A Perfect Distraction will be released in September 2013.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy watching/going to hockey and football (both soccer and American football) games, collecting autographs, movie and TV memorabilia, and penguins. I love travelling too, and enjoy finding ways to combine writers’ conferences with new places to visit.

I’m lucky enough to have had a happy ending - or rather a happy beginning as the story continues - in my own life. I’m married to a wonderful man, my very own romantic hero, who supports me in everything I do and who makes me believe dreams can come true. We share our home, in a village near Cambridge, England, with two spoiled cats. To find out more - check out my website, www.annasugden.com.


Anna's Fun Facts

  • As well as loving penguins, I adore kookaburras. I was thrilled to see some for real on our recent trip to Australia. We even heard one laugh!
  • My favourite children's book characters are the Moomins (by Tove Jansson).
  • I once had tea with the Queen Mother, at St James' Palace.
  • The only podcast on my iPod is The Puck Podcast - a fab weekly hockey podcast. Doug and Eddie rock!


Teddy Bear’s Picnic Quick Five Fun

If you go down to the woods today … I thought we might all be up for a little Monday fun, here in the Lair. With the nights drawing in and the weather turning decidedly chilly (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!), what better time to take a day for a teddy bear’s picnic? I don’t know about you, but every time I hear this song, it makes me smile and want to grab my teddy bear to head off into the woods for a lovely picnic. I hunted around for the version I remember as
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Saturday Fun – Quick 10 Make a Story Blurb!

Sorry I’m late this morning, everyone. I’m deep in the deadline cave for book 3 in my NJ Ice Cats series, A Perfect Catch – which is hopefully out in Feb – wish me luck! As much as I’m putting Ike and Tracy through the mill, they’re doing the same to me! Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do a version of the games you see on Facebook and make up a story blurb using your answers to the Quick 10 questions. The rules are simple. Answer the numbered Quick Ten questions, then fill in the story blurb
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September Fun in the Lair!

I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t believe it’s September already. Before you know it, shops will be stocking up for Christmas! At least those of you in North America have Halloween and Thanksgiving to keep those retailers occupied. Here in England, we’ve seen tinsel and twinkling lights as early as the beginning of October. *shakes head*   Anyway, the weather may be cooling in the northern hemisphere, as summer fades into fall, but here in the Lair, the fun is heating up – rather like the weather for our friends Down Under! As usual, we have
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