Once upon a time, many years ago, when her two boys were small, and she was a stay at home mom, Christine Merrill decided it was time to fulfill her childhood dream and become a writer.
Since romance writers were obviously the easiest sort of writer to be, she would do that. And she would live the lapdog petting, chaise lounging, tiara wearing life, just like Barbara Cartland, and be happy ever after.
Years passed. She wandered in the wilderness and was punished for her hubris. She learned about writing: why it is bad to head hop, why she should have listened closer in 8th grade English on the whole ‘comflict thing’, and first hand what it was like to live stages three through eleven of the Hero’s Journey.
And then, everything changed. She won the RWA’s Golden Heart contest for unpublished manuscripts. The winning story, soon to be known as THE INCONVENIENT DUCHESS, was bought by the contest judges, the delightful editors at Mills & Boon, in Richmond, Surrey.
Chris is now living the life of her dreams which, strangely enough, is a lot like the life she always had. Her tiara is plastic and lights up if you press a button. Her chaise is an overstuffed recliner, and the labradoodle lounging on it thinks that, at seventy pounds, he is still puppy enough to sit on her lap.
Her family has kept its sense of humor about her career change. Her sons are teenagers, and emphatically do not want to know what she’s writing. Her husband is adept at dodging questions about ‘romance writing research’. Her goldfish are unimpressed by her success and her two cats don’t give a damn either.
And she lives happily ever after.
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The Tourist of Zenda
By Christine Merrill
Published: April 21, 2011.
The little country of Seravano is preparing for the wedding between Prince Paolo Zara and flighty actress, Sylphie Jones.
When the bride gets two black eyes a week before the ceremony, the prince needs to find a stand in for the engagement documentary.
Dana Miller is a dead ringer for Sylphie. She wanted a romantic European vacation.
She’s about to get more than she bargained for.
Need to Know
By Christine Merrill
Published: August 12, 2010.
Liz Monahan has a jerk for a boss, a mom who won't stop asking about her love life, and a boyfriend who just might be married.
But since she found that dead body in her hotel room, things are looking up.
The new man in Liz Monahan’s life is a rogue secret agent who’s trying to kill her.
But at least he’s single.
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