I’m a bestselling author of romantic comedy novels, novellas and short stories, and an Amazon KDP All Star. I also write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I’m a member of The Society of Authors, a Professional Member of ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) and a (PAN) member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) even though I’m British. My paperbacks are available either on Amazon or by order at all good book shops but at present my eBooks are only available on Amazon. They will soon be available on all eBook platforms.
That’s the professional stuff – now let’s get personal. I grew up in Hastings, East Sussex and I've always written for pleasure, but my career took me in a very different direction (Law and Banking - please don't hate me!) until I became seriously ill and had to reconsider my future. Life's like that isn't it? I moved back from London to my home town and began to concentrate on writing. I write quickly and I write full-time, so I'm always working on at least two books. My personal life does suffer though. My friends say that when I do finally 'pop my clogs' they'll make sure my headstone reads: 'Let me finish writing this chapter and I'll be with you.'
I have two 'rescue' cats, Beatrix and Portia, so I spend an inordinate amount of time playing with/stroking/feeding/watching them. They are constantly strolling across my desk and sitting on my keyboard or my arm. Which is why I never get as much writing done as I'd like. And yes, Portia only has one ear. She had to have one removed due to skin cancer, but it doesn't seem to bother her and I think she's gorgeous - don't you?
When I'm not writing, I'm swimming, or pottering in the garden; daydreaming, or chatting/drinking copious amounts of wine with my friends; watching the heavens, or reading - but not all at the same time, obviously.
I love travelling - and skiing - but due to ill health I haven't done much of either for a while. That's something I'm determined to change, especially as I have a Big Birthday coming up in 2018! There will be photos. Lots and lots of them.
I enjoy cooking and generally messing about in the kitchen, especially at Christmas. I absolutely adore Christmas. I'm also a huge fan of snow. Yep. I love the stuff. I drink too much wine (often while messing about in the kitchen) and I eat too much chocolate - but who doesn't?
I'm an avid DVD watcher. I do go to the cinema but I prefer to watch films at home with friends... and a glass of wine. Hmm. I'd better take up jogging!
My favourite films? Too many to name, but needless to say, I love romantic comedies. I also enjoy action films, thrillers and any film involving Christmas - so The Long Kiss Goodnight is a particular favourite. I've had a crush on John Cusack for years and I'd be more than happy for Ryan Gosling or Aidan Turner to star in a film adaptation of any of my books.... Please!
Obviously I love books, and I read anything from murder to romance; fact to fiction. Several of my friends are authors and I buy their books the moment they come out.
My favourite poems are: 'The Haystack in the Floods' by William Morris; a wonderfully tragic tale, and 'Invictus' by William Ernest Henley. I've got a couple of passages from Invictus pinned up beside my desk, the paper is now yellowing from age and the lines are beginning to fade, but I find it so inspiring.
I enjoy taking photos, although I don't pretend to be any good at it, and I love drawing and painting. I'm not very godd at those, either, as you'll see if you take a look at some of my photos and drawings on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram. There are some on my blog posts (news and views) too.
That's quite enough about me, but if you want to get in touch, please do. You can send me an email via my contact page, or follow these links to my Facebook Author Page, Facebook (personal page) and Twitter or Instagram. If you really love my books and want to chat with me, and other fans, there's a new Facebook group. You need to be signed in to Facebook to join but here's the link: Emily Harvale's Readers' Club. I love hearing from you. Don't forget to sign up for my Readers' Club newsletter, too. It's packed with exciting news (and some nonsense from me!) great book releases, fabulous competitions and wonderful giveaways. There's a sign-up box at the foot of every page.
I hope that wherever you are in the world, life is treating you well.
Lots of Love,