I’ve always loved happy endings. Even as a child, whether it was Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder or Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, I wanted to see the stories end happily. If I didn’t like the ending of a book, TV programme or film, I’d make up my own alternative version. Naturally, when I discovered romance novels through Mills & Boon, I was in heaven! I dreamed that one day I would be a romance writer.

But it took a long time for that to happen. In fact, writing is my third career -- I worked in global marketing for a major multinational, looking after some familiar household names like Dettol and Lemsip. Then, I requalified to become a primary teacher.

When my husband’s firm posted him to New Jersey - and my US work permit hit a major snag due to the post-9-11 clampdown - I got the chance to turn my writing hobby into something more serious. A romance writing course through the Gotham Writers’ Workshop led to the discovery of eharlequin.com, Romance Writers of America and my local New Jersey Romance Writers chapter. My first book -- A Perfect Distraction -- sold to Harlequin SuperRomance in 2012, launching the best-selling, award-winning New Jersey Ice Cats series.

Now back in England, my lovely husband and I share our Cambridge home with two bossy black cats, Jersey Girl and CC. When I’m not writing, I’m an avid sports fan - especially hockey (Go NJ Devils! Go Metropolitan Riveters!) and football, both English and American (Go Man Utd! Go Exeter! Go Washington Redskins!) -- where I prefer a happy ending for my teams! When not researching hockey players (for my books, of course), I love making small craft projects and collecting memorabilia, penguins, opals and shoes!

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Anna Sugden