Born and raised in England, Sahara Kelly lived for many years in New England, a delightfully symmetric twist of fate! Now a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, she loves writing, telling wild and crazy romances, most touched with humor and featuring characters as real as she can make 'em. There are quite a few books out there with her name on them and she's hoping for plenty more to come.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern England - Hampshire, to be precise. About twenty miles from Chawton, where Jane Austen lived. Um...yeah, it probably did have an influence on me. LOL I do believe that having walked the fields and countryside, much of which might well look close to the way it did a couple of hundred years or so ago, makes it easier for me to write a Regency novel and set it accurately into that time. The birds, the scents, the light...unique to each location.
When did you first start writing?
That's a difficult question to answer. In school writing was expected. I wrote essay after essay, without questioning it. Some became short stories (still in school) and the actual craft of writing was probably honed at that time. My first book, however? That was waaaay back nearly thirty years ago now. Published by Zebra/Kensington. A sweet Regency under another name and now out of print. From then on, I was hooked.