I’ve always been a voracious reader, but in 1995 I moved to Canada (for the first time :) ) and fell in love with Romantic Suspense when I picked up my first Linda Howard. After glomming Linda, Nora, Catherine Coulter, Karen Robards etc etc I stumbled upon Suzanne Brockmann and rediscovered that almost obsessive-compulsive desire to read everything she’d ever written.
I began writing my own stories when I was pregnant with my first child and we’d moved back to Scotland. It took 5 years, but I got my first story published (HER SANCTUARY) and I’ve been writing ever since. When Carina Press opened for submissions I had a story that I’d recently finished (OUT OF TEARS was the original title after an old Rolling Stones song) and decided to send it in. Angela offered me a contract on Christmas Eve 2009 and I got the email when I was visiting my mom and dad in Shropshire. Strangely I received a second offer for another book when I was visiting them again a couple of weeks ago. My mom says she’s good luck and I’ll need to move home if I want more contracts! Cough!
I’ve been so impressed by the editors and cover artists at Carina and I’ve enjoyed every step of this journey. I hope you enjoy the story!
Toni is a former marine biologist who conducted her Ph.D. at the Gatty Marine Laboratory in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. She was born and raised in the U.K., but now lives in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children, living about as far from the ocean as possible. Her stories are set in the stunning locations where she’s been lucky enough to live and work—the blustery east coast of Scotland, the remote isolated mining communities of Northern Labrador, the rugged landscapes of the U.S. and the Red Center of Australia. She escapes the long brutal Canadian winters by writing Romantic Mystery and Suspense stories.
For hobbies she loves reading, traveling, photography, painting, drawing and walking—especially on the beach with a big hairy mutt splashing in the shallows.
Toni’s first Romantic Suspense, HER SANCTUARY, was released in 2009 to some great reviews. She writes about her travels on her blog and updates on Twitter. Readers can sign up for her newsletter on her website, plus, friend her on Facebook. She’s also set up a fan page for SEA OF SUSPICION with location photographs and anecdotes.
Don’t forget the giveaway…
1 digital copy of SEA OF SUSPICION will be given away to one blog commenter, a Twitter commenter and a Facebook commenter. Let me know what you think of my story!