Kate Hardy lives on the outskirts of Norwich, UK, with her husband, two children, one lazy spaniel - and too many books to count!

She wrote her first book at the age of six, when her parents gave her a typewriter for her birthday. She had the first of a series of sexy romances accepted in her mid-twenties and swapped a job in marketing communications for freelance health journalism when her son was born, so she could spent more time with him. She's wanted to write for Mills & Boon since she was a teenager - and when she was pregnant with her daughter, her husband pointed out that writing Medical Romances would be the perfect way to combine her interest in health issues with her love of good stories. It really is the best of both worlds - especially as she gets to meet a new, gorgeous hero every time.

The Cinderella Project, Kate's first book for another M&B line - Modern Heat - was published as one of the launch titles in April 2006 and was also one of the launch titles when the line went to Australia in October 2006. Her twenty-fifth title for Mills & Boon, Breakfast at Giovanni's, was published in June 2007 - a couple of months before the fifth anniversary of the publication of her first Kate Hardy novel. The novel won the Romantic Novelists' Association Romance Prize in February 2008.

She was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romance Prize in 2006, for Where the Heart Is, in 2009 with Sold to the Highest Bidder and in 2012 with A Christmas Knight. She was shortlisted for the award twice in 2014 with Her Real Family Christmas and Bound by a Baby, and was utterly thrilled that Darcey Bussell presented her with the award for Bound by a Baby.

Her book Surrender to the Playboy Sheikh was shortlisted for Romantic Times' Reviewers Choice Award, Best Presents 2009. Her other awards include the Cataromance Reviewers' Choice for Best Medical Romance of 2004 and the Cataromance Readers' Choice for Best Medical Romance of 2004 - both for The Spanish Consultant's Baby; plus the Cataromance Reviewers' Choice for Best Medical Romance of 2005 for The Doctor's Tender Secret, the Cataromance Reviewers' Choice for Best Medical Romance of 2006 for Her Celebrity Surgeon and the the Cataromance Reviewers' Choice for Best Modern Heat of 2010 for Good Girl or Gold Digger.

Kate has also written health books and local history titles, as Pamela Brooks. In June 07, she became one of the few people to occupy both the #1 and #2 slots simultaneously in the Jarrold's Local Book Chart, and her nonfiction has been reviewed favourably for being well researched, accurate and easy to read. (She is, however, currently concentrating on fiction.)

Kate is available for interview and has photographs available. If you would like to arrange an interview by phone or email, please email her at press @ katehardy.com (minus the spaces - apologies for the format, but too much spam was coming through).

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