His childhood nemesis…is the woman he can’t resist!
Chaperoning Charity Brookes while she’s on a singing tour should be easy for Griffith Philpot—he’s spent his whole life sparring with her over her flighty ways! But as he discovers that she’s much more than the impetuous girl he thought he knew, a passion ignites between them… Sharing a steamy kiss leaves him torn – he’s supposed to be responsible for guarding her virtue!
Which character would you like to be in this book?
I would love to be the heroine—Charity Brookes—as I always wished I could sing well enough to stand on a large stage and belt out a song for a huge audience!
Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
No… I used to but nowadays I cannot read somebody else’s story while I am writing one of my own because it messes with my head. I read voraciously inbetween writing my own books and always on my Kindle as I can hold a library on it. I like a paperback but I am clumsy so it often gets destroyed before I have finished it. I have lost count of how many books I have dropped in the bath!
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I like to think I am a combination of both-good-hearted but with a rebellious, mischevious streak as I excel at leading people astray.
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
It depend on my mood and the story. I love to write a series when there are enough interesting characters involved in the first one to follow later, but occasionally, writing a standalone is freeing. I quite like to write my standalones inbetween series as a palette cleanser.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
Either in the bath or on a sun lounger by the pool. Or on a train or plane. I never watch the movies on planes—I only ever read and the flight just whizzes by as I lose myself in a good book.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Usually walking my dog Trevor. Thanks to hip dysplasia, he had to have four operations as a young puppy and his physio wanted him walked little and often to help with the recovery. When he was better, he was used to four walks a day and still insists of that many, so I have to take him morning, lunchtime, before dinner and just before bedtime. It helps keep us both fit but it is annoying!
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
No- can anyone?
What are you most proud of?
Aside from my two wonderful fully grown children, it would have to be my writing career. As a child, I grew up in a working class household where girls like me didn’t go to university and they certainly write books. I got laughed at when I admitted I wanted to be an author and I got laughed at when I told them my second choice of career was to be a teacher. Both my school and my parents told me to set my sights on something more achievable-like working in an office-but I proved them all wrong. Not only did I go to university to study and then teach history for many years, I have also written over twenty books which have all been bought by publishers. The moral of the story is clearly never listen to anyone who tells you that you cannot do something 😉 I’ve enjoyed proving everyone wrong.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Delight and surprise. A great sense of achievement and pride combined with shock that I managed to write it. By the time a book finally hits the shelves, I’ve usually written at least two more so I always forget what happens in the story, so when my paperbacks arrive, it has become a ritual to read one to refamiliarize myself with it.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read, read, read! Analyse what works and what doesn’t, then write, write, write till you get your story right!
Thank you, Virginia Heath and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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