AUSSIE MONTH with Mel Teshco, Christina Phillips, and Cathleen Ross
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
Cathleen: My first degree is in literature. I’ve been an avid romance reader since a teenager and wanted to write for a long time. I finally managed it on a consistent basis when my daughter was small and went to preschool. That year I became published.
Christina: I’ve always loved writing, from English essays and stories at school to epic tragedy poems as a teen where everybody perished in wonderfully gory ways. It wasn’t until many years later when we moved to Western Australia that I decided to get serious about my writing. I joined RWA, met my fabulous CPs on the eHarlequin boards and nine years later had my first romance published.
Mel: I used to write stories when I was still in primary school, which most often involved horses. I was also a prolific reader and devoured books like The Silver Brumby series, The Black Stallion, Adventures of the Wishing Chair, The Secret Garden (to name a few) and then went onto my mother’s Mills & Boons and whatever else I could get my hands on. I guess writing was a natural progression, something I started thinking seriously about when my ‘real’ world was crumbling around me (at the time.)
Tell us about Taken by the Sheikh?
Mel, Christina and I got together to do a boxed set of three interrelated stories. They’re new, exciting and very sexy.
What inspired this (the above) novel?
Cathleen: I’ve always enjoyed work by Mel and Christina so I asked them if they’d like to do a boxed set. Mel was already working on a sheikh story so I said, “Let’s do that then.”
What are you reading right now?
Cathleen: I’ve just finished The Marriage Game by Alison Weir. It is really a love story of Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth 1.
Christina: I’m reading the ES Siren series by Mel, Shona Husk and Denise Rossetti. Love it!
Mel: I’m reading Captivated by You, by Sylvia Day. I’ve been loving series books.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Cathleen: I’m currently writing a highlander story set in 1313. I’d like to have it finished soon. I’ve also had encouragement from Harlequin to write a big country book and I’d love to do that.
Christina: I’d love to do a long leisurely tour of Europe, taking in all the touristy sites and soaking up the fantastic history. I’d also love to take my husband on a trip to Antarctica.
Mel: I too want to travel Europe, it’s been a lifelong dream. But right now my number one goal is to be debt free – I can only dream!
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Cathleen: The freedom and lifestyle.
Christina: I’m originally from the UK and we moved to WA sixteen years ago. I love the laid back lifestyle.
Mel: It’s the lucky country, we’re free to set out and achieve what we want to achieve.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Cathleen: It’s always happy in the end.
Christina: No matter how tough the journey or how impossible the obstacles may seem, love will always triumph in the end *happy sigh*
Mel: That it’s a genre that can take you away from the struggles of real life and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
Cathleen: I’ve written a zombie romance set on an army base, the last safe haven. The romance is between the army captain and a civilian who is having trouble complying with the male-dominated rules.
Christina: My Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives WILLOW is out in February, and I’m excited about that. I also have three books contracted with Entangled for their Brazen imprint and fingers crossed they’ll be out in 2015.
Mel: I also have a Secret Confessions out, Camilla is released in March. My next sci-fi book in the ES Siren series will also be released, along with a single title later in the year called Dimensional.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Cathleen: I wrote two books this year, self published a Highlander boxed set called: Highlander Romance. I also reached 4 different Amazon best-seller lists, so I was happy with that. My Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives Nella came out in December. She’s the most shocking housewife.
Christina: I was approached by Escape Publishing to be part of the Secret Confessions continuity, my books were accepted by Entangled and I’m in a boxed set with two good friends. A pretty good year 🙂
Mel: I think for me it’s more realizing how my writing journey is evolving. I need more than one genre to keep my muse happy, and I think I’m doing that starting with my story, Dimensional. Also, I think 2014 is a year of exploring and experimenting new things – like the boxed set with Christina and Cathleen, and my erotic sci-fi series with Shona Husk and Denise Rossetti.
Taken by the Sheikh
Mel Teshco, Christina Phillips, Cathleen Ross
Three desert Sheikhs. Three captive brides…
Bound by duty to honor their father’s dying wish, three royal brothers must marry their destined brides… by whatever means necessary…