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About Phillipa

I started writing fiction in 2005, after joining an Internet creative writing site. My first novel, Decent Exposure, a romantic comedy set in the Lake District, was published in October 2006. It won the RNA New Writers Award and was made into a TV movie called Twelve Men of Christmas which aired on the Lifetime channel in December 2009.

Since then, I’ve now had 27 books published including two Sunday Times best-sellers, an Audible number 1 and many Amazon Top 10 best selling ebooks.

My books have been or are being translated into many languages including German, Thai, Turkish, Bulgarian, Italian and Russian.

I live in a Staffordshire village with my husband and love being in the great outdoors, especially Cornwall and the Lake District.

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How a TV programme inspired my writing career

Although I’ve always been a writer, I certainly haven’t always wanted to be a novelist! In my day job, I work as a freelance journalist and copy writer but in January 2005, I experienced one of those weird, life changing moments I thought always happened to other people.

I was watching a BBC costume drama called ‘North & South’ and out of the blue, decided to start writing my own modern version. In an instant, a whole new world opened up to me. I became completely absorbed by creating characters and stories and sharing them with other people.

The next step was to write a romantic novel. I gave up my weekends, evenings and holidays to complete my first book, even taking a pen and notepad to the beach so I could scribbled away while the family swam and windsurfed.

A year later in March 2006, after many revisions and early drafts, I plucked up the courage to send the book, Decent Exposure, to a London agent. Knowing she received literally thousands of manuscripts a year, the best I hoped for was an encouraging word along with my rejection slip. Instead she emailed me to say she loved it, and could she offer it to a publisher? A few weeks later Headline Publishing bought the story for its new Little Black Dress romance imprint.



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