Quintessential English rose Laura has a crush, and a secret. And it seems that the object of her affections, the handsome Dr. Nightingale, has just discovered it.
Laura has always longed for a boyfriend who would take her in hand. Although her fantasies are intense, her natural shyness and embarrassment have prevented her from admitting this secret to another soul.
Unbeknownst to Laura, her tutor Dr. Nightingale shares similar fantasies, longing to turn the right woman over his knee regularly. But can this known womanizer and cynical divorcé commit to a sweet girl who longs for commitment and correction from one who will truly cherish her?
Laura submits an essay written after one too many glasses of sherry. Now in possession of a composed piece of writing that lays all of Laura’s desires open, Dr. Nightingale must decide how to handle the matter. He longs to take her over his knee, of course, but will he be able to move on from his troubled past and give her all that she needs?
Publisher’s Note: This sweet love story contains scenes of domestic discipline.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and like many authors I have been creating stories and characters since I was a little girl.
What is your writing process like?
Well I’m a busy working mum, so I’d say that the most honest description of my writing process would be that it’s a rather haphazard one! I do tend to piece together the main ideas in my mind before jotting down notes and outlining a story. I have only written two stories of longer than 30,000 words, but so far I have decided on the ‘set pieces’ (key romantic and spanking scenes) in advance based on when I feel it would be best for them to appear.
Sometimes I can’t quite see in advance how a story idea that I really love will work on the page, and I have to hope that inspiration will come. For instance, on the story that I’m currently working on, the characters initially meet online. I was worried about how to make their real life meeting seem more natural (and there is an added complication, as unbeknownst to the female lead they actually know each other in ‘real life’). The way to solve this occurred to me in the bath! I decided that from the beginning the couple would have made the decision to reveal their real life identities after six weeks. This made it a lot more simple.
Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
Sometimes. When I do it’s mostly calming music – either something classical or modern folk such as The Fleet Foxes.
What do you love most about books?
There is nothing on this earth more transporting than losing yourself in a good story.
Libraries or bookstores?
That depends – I know a lot of wonderful and quirky independent English bookstores. Still, nowhere would match up to The British Library – or even Liverpool Central Library. I still get a tingle when I wander into the beautiful reading room in there. It’s hundreds of years old and so elegant and atmospheric.
What genres do you write in?
Lately I have been mainly working on what I would label as ‘Chick Lit’ – but I have been toying with the idea of creating a period romance in the future.
If you could travel to any time, what time period would you like to explore?
I think it would have to be the Victorian period. I would love to experience an 1890s London ‘season’ as a rich young debutant.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
In the UK it would be either the Lake District or Yorkshire. I love Paris, but I’m not sure that I’d want to go there with very young children, so I may have to wait a few years to return there. They, of course, are desperate to go to Disney Land.
What do you like to collect?
Old tea sets, vintage scent bottles and art postcodes – which I put up everywhere.
Tea or Coffee?