Joanne Hill started off writing for local and national magazines before deciding to write her first novel. Naturally it was a romance - what could be better than a happy-ever-after?
A long time fan of Mills and Boon, her project for her Masters degree looked at the relationship between Mills and Boon category novels and readers advisory in public libraries. She lives in New Zealand with her family.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first story, but I remember loving the Famous Five books and reading them over and over. Also the Little House on the Prairie Books. Loved those books and interestingly, out of all the historical time periods I can read, I like the American west the best!
How do you approach cover design?
With great trepidation and some excitement about where the process will go. I choose the image first, usually from Dreamstime, and go from there. I design my own covers using the free software GIMP. It takes me ages to find the right image and I don't consider the cover ready until I am in love with it. It is amazing how much fiddling is involved. It would be cheaper to pay a professional to do it but I am discovering I'm a bit of a control freak! I have a bit of a thing for pink (the colour!) too, so that features in nearly all my covers.