In July 2009 my very first Harlequin romance was released to the world.
‘Always the Bridesmaid’ will always be a very special book for me.
It was a joy to write. It made my editors cry. And it went on to be shortlisted for the RNA Love Story of the Year Award in 2010 and had great reviews all over the world.
Yesterday I received author copies of the latest release in Italian and the cover was scanned, printed out and added to my collection.
In the years since then the book has been published around the world from Japan to Denmark which is both a huge privilege and delight.
As a complete newbie I asked the other romance authors how many foreign translations I should expect and the general opinion seemed to be about 15. So I took myself off to the Department store and bought two huge picture frames with 16 slots. Of course I had no clue that some of the 14 books I have written since then would be far more popular than other and 16 was nowhere near enough – but it was a start.
And today the cover of my Italian translation has filled the last available slot in the frame. She is a baker, he is a property tycoon. I like it.
16 covers since July 2009.
Sometimes it seems like only yesterday. *Sniff*