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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!


A Thief by Any Other Name …

As some of you may know, the past week has been extremely stressful because my email account was compromised. Except it wasn’t, really. It was spoofed. For those of you who don’t know what that means, some [insert favourite swear word] hacker breached AOL and copied the address books of thousands of their customers. Then, they sent out spam emails to everyone contained in those address books – repeatedly. [insert second favourite swear word]. The thing about spoofing is that I could change my password to something hard to guess, scan my computer for any nasties and it still wouldn’t
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Choices, Choices – Quick Five Fun!

I can’t believe it’s April already! I know it must be, because we had all those silly April Fools jokes yesterday. Am I the only one who doesn’t enjoy them? (well, apart from the one about finding Boudicca’s chariot in King’s Cross, in London *g*). I saw an idea on FB that I prefer – April Surprise – where you do something nice, as a surprise for someone. Anyway, spring is definitely here in Cambridge. The cherry trees are in full bloom and the spring flowers are beginning to show. Just daffodils, for the moment, but they look so cheerful
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Winner – Rachel Brimble’s Prize!

Sorry for the late posting of this prize – I hurt my back/hip recently and computer time is limited! Anyway, without further ado, the winner of Rachel’s prize is … Amy Conley! Congratulations, Amy! You’ve one your choice of one of Rachel’s Harlequin SuperRomances from her Templeton Cove series. Please send me your snail mail details to anna at annasugden.com    


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