When I think back, I’m reminded of that song, ‘What I did for love’. I guess you can say I’ve always been a romantic, why else would I have travelled to what seemed like the ends of the Earth for love of a man. For both of us it was love at first sight, and because of that I left my native Scotland for New Zealand. A choice I’ve never regretted.

I’ve had a varied career. Anyone who knows me, knows I love clothes and I began my working life in a fashion store. That meant I was never short of the latest styles, more importantly, it was where my creative side was first given free rein as a window dresser. After the birth of my children I worked in a furniture factory, sewing for the designer – but they were his ideas not mine. Eventually I found myself drawn to creative writing classes and knew I’d found my niche. I’d always been a voracious reader, but it was an English teacher who convinced me I could go further, write my own stories, and Romance Writers of New Zealand who showed me the way.

My first romantic suspense won RWNZs Clendon Award and the selection of THE MAN FOR MAGGIE as a Silhouette Intimate Moment. I published six books with that imprint and just as the format for the line began changing my husband had a health crisis and all my energies were focused on him getting better. Crisis over, I began to look for new genres and new outlets for my writing and so my latest effort is a Scottish medieval. A genre where my knowledge of Scottish history was put to good use and it has found a home with Harlequin Escape Publishing in Australia. I found this latest writing journey delightful, but for the bride who once travelled to the ends of the earth for love, who knows what lies ahead.

Frances Housden has two sons and four grandchildren and loves to travel. She’s a member of Romances Writers of New Zealand, Romance Writers of Australia and Romance Writers of America. Through these associations she has made a multitude of good friends and indulged in her love of travel by attending conferences in other countries.

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