My eclectic background includes an Honours degree in social history and English, and a range of work experiences – HR in a hospital, youth worker, dance teacher, organisational development manager, educational designer, and now occasional academic. I grew up surrounded by books, and have a love of reading and stories. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, children’s literature, history – my bookshelves are forever overflowing. Academically, I’m particularly interested in story-telling and readership in popular fiction, and I’m currently undertaking a part-time PhD, researching online communities of romance readers and writers and their perspectives on the genre. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and the Romance Writers of America, and in July 2007 I was honoured to win the prestigious Golden Heart Award for the romantic suspense manuscript which became As Darkness Falls, my first novel published in 2008.