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1. Introduce us to Helen Lacey in 140 characters like a tweet...
I write romances for Harlequin Special Edition and my latest book is Date With Destiny
2. What inspired you to be a writer?
I penned my first book when I was seven years old, so I guess I was born to be a writer. I love creating characters and seeing them come to life on the page. I travelled a lot as a child and loved writing down details of people I met and places I saw.
3. How did you chose your genre?
I’d been a keen reader all my childhood, loving books like Anne Of Green Gables and Little Women – I knew I wanted to be a writer and wrote stories about horses and pony mad teenage girls. But when I was twelve I read my first Mills & Boon novel and from then knew I wanted to write romance. I read every M&B I could get my hands on, and bigger Single Title books by authors like Danielle Steel and Barbara Taylor Bradford. But I always went back to reading my favourite Mills & Boon/Harlequin stories. I started reading Special Edition about ten years ago and just loved the line – the realistic heroes and heroines and the strong sense of family and community in each book made me feel like these characters could be people I know…from then I knew they were the kind of stories I wanted to write.
4.What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
This story was an idea in my head way back when I wrote my first published book, Made for Marriage. I wanted to do an enemies-to-lovers/second-chance-at-love kind of story with a bit of a twist. Because these two characters really were destined to be together….they just had the timing wrong the first time around. And since I like pushing the boundaries with tough, real-life issues such as adoption, infidelity, loss of a child, unplanned pregnancy as I’ve done in my other books for Special Edition, in Date With Destiny I had a chance to tackle a character with PTSD.
- How did you come up with the title?
Actually my husband came up with it. My editor asked me to think of a few and when I sent the list that’s the one we all agreed on. And it really does tell the story of these two characters.
Date With Destiny
Financier Grace Preston did fourteen-hour days in New York City. She didn't do small towns in Australia. Not since she'd fled almost twenty years ago. But when a personal trauma sent her home-with a secret she couldn't reveal-the last person she needed was her first love.
Local cop Cameron Jakowski had loved Grace for most of his life. But he wanted marriage and family and she didn't. He was small town, while she was big city-and lived half a world away. But for now she was right here-a walking, talking temptation. One he managed to avoid...until he made one mistake. He kissed her. And reawakened the passion that could change their lives...forever.
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Was it fate...or a labor of love? Find out as Grace Preston comes face-to-face once again with teenage crush Cameron Jakowski in author Helen Lacey's fourth book for Harlequin Special Edition, Date with Destiny...
What would you do if you come face-to-face with a teenage crush after many years away?