I was travelling on a London bus in the summer of 2015 when I first thought of the Heart of the City series. I had gone from simply admiring all the beautifully bold street names to thinking about what it would be like to write about a character that was experiencing the wonders of a city for the very first time – a real fish-out-of-water story.
The voices were loud, the story was clear: Paris – New York – London would be the beginning. I instantly retrieved my notebook from my bag and much like a mad scientist started scribbling some character notes, feeling a new excitement in having realised this was actually going to be something.
When you know – you know.
A year on and three books later, it made me realise what was probably the most valuable lesson of all: Never miss your bus, because you never know where it might take you.
As a member of the Hachette Australia publicity team, it’s my responsibility – and my delight – to ensure that the reading public gets to hear about all the wonderful books we publish. I have a particular love of historical romance, but I also enjoy reading contemporary and paranormal romances, romantic suspense novels and just about any genre in-between. My only real requirements are a feisty heroine and a swoon-worthy hero, a dollop of hope – and some smooching, of course!
Books with Heart was a proud sponsor of the fifth Australian Romance Readers Convention held in Melbourne from 24 – 26 February.
Natasha Lester, author of A KISS FROM MR. FITZGERALD, describes the books she has swooned over.