Carol Collins

Biography

Writing has always been my obsession and my joy. From the age of ten, I was writing short books, based on favourite TV characters. In my twenties, spare time in my job enabled me to write my first ‘proper’ novel, and I was fortunate enough to have it accepted by the very first publisher I approached. There followed a series of nine present day romances, all published by a top London publisher.
Love may be at the centre of them, but I have always tried to incorporate something more…a touch of mystery, discovery or as in several novels, more than a hint of danger. As well as being sold in bookshops etc., all of these nine books have been borrowed nationwide from libraries.
My publishers asked me to use two pse udonyms as well as my own name, as more than one book was being published in a very short space of time. I chose Caroline Etty (my maiden name) and Lorraine Rose (My daughter’s Christian name, plus my mother-in-law’s maiden name)
My husband and myself live in a village situated in the National Forest, Leicestershire. Until recently, we lived in the beautiful Cotswolds, and that area has figured in several of the books. I have two children who are both happily married, and two grandchildren, and continue to write at every available opportunity.

Carol Collins

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in Gloucestershire, on the southernmost tip of the Cotswolds, and the beauty of the area did influence my writing - in fact, my first published novel 'Almost A Stranger' was partly set there.
When did you first start writing?
I was just ten when I wrote my first story. Because I suffered from ill health as a child, I had always loved reading, as it was the best thing to do when confined to bed. A TV programme which I had enjoyed inspired me to use the characters to create my own story, but I quickly progressed to creating my own characters.
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Books

With This Ring
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 44,170. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Lyanne glanced sideways at handsome new husband Michael as his car sped them north to his home in Scotland, and wondered why those words made her feel vaguely uneasy. It wasn’t long, either, before those fears became even more dominant in her thoughts, especially with the arrival of Jason and his shocking revelations which Michael had never bothered to mention.
Man of Mystery
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 51,580. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Exactly who was the mysterious stranger who caught Joanna's eye and instantly had such an incredible effect upon her senses? On holiday with her twin brother Paul, she was minding her own business, sipping an iced drink in the lovely old town of St Malo, when the impertinent blue stare of a rather disreputable looking busker totally unnerved Joanna.
A Pair of Golden Handcuffs
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 42,270. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Kerry's embarrassment at reversing her car into a Mercedes owned by a good looking stranger increases when she learns that he is an inspector in the local police force. She is even more disconcerted when he takes the flat above hers, but then compassion softens her heart since she discovers he has a paralysed daughter. She soon realises, however, that Ross Curran is a difficult man to care about.
Twisted Strings
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 44,470. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
On holiday in Paris with her sister, Christina was welcomed into Les Enfants, a happy, carefree group of young people headed by the handsome Dominic, His magnetic charm attracted her, but so did the athletic good looks of tennis star Keir Deneuve ... only he was her sister's boyfriend. Then tragedy killed all their happiness, and Christina was forced to return to England.
Doctor Ice
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 45,400. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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Student nurse Julia Harvey is attracted by Craig Everett from the moment of their introduction at her sister's party, but when she discovers he is a senior heart surgeon at the same hospital, her hopes are dashed. Especially when she hears his nickname…Dr Ice! But when he is accused of being involved in a hit and run accident, Craig needs someone to confide in, and Julia is available.
Dark Secrets
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 45,480. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
No heavy breathing, no verbal threats and yet the mysterious, oppressive silence on the telephone line is equally as frightening to Tessa. She knows that somehow these calls are linked to her past…perhaps to her daughter, Suzanne, and the dark secret which surrounds her birth. At least in Russell Davidson Tessa has found a friend she can trust
A Dangerous Love
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 57,810. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
The beautiful and vivacious daughter of a wealthy landowner, Gemma Adamson has no shortage of suitors. Their appeal, however, is limited, and sister Amanda despairs until a chance meeting between Gemma and David Gray, an attractive if 'unsuitable' bachelor. Because his background does not conform with their ideals, the Adamsons warn Gemma against him, but she refuses to listen.
Sweet Music And Tears
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 51,190. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
To sing with the great Pippa Lane! It was an opportunity Lisa Franklin could not resist, even if it meant leaving her boyfriend Clive behind in Dorset. The bright city lights beckoned imperiously, promising excitement, fame and fortune, but Lisa was soon to encounter unforeseen difficulties. On her very first day she incurred Pippa's displeasure, then had a serious clash with Jon Lansdon.
Almost A Stranger
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Series: Inspired Love. Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 57,500. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
After a whirlwind courtship, Sharon marries Verne, a rich and famous American film director, and the future looks rosy. Soon, however, Sharon finds herself growing jealous of the industry which consumes so much of her husband's time. When tragedy strikes, and Verne is again absent, circumstances prevail upon Nick Ferries to help and comfort her. Within days Sharon is faced with shattering news.

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