Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hello. I’ m Paula Martin, I live in the north west of England, and I write contemporary romances (usually with some intrigue or mystery combined with the romance).
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
The first romance novel I wrote was accepted by the first publisher I sent it to (Mills and Boon) – but that was fifty years ago! I had four novels published in the 60s and 70s, but then real life (bringing up my two daughters, plus a full-time job as a history teacher) didn’t leave me much time for writing, apart from magazine stories. After taking early retirement from teaching, I started writing novels again. I had nine novels published between 2011 and 2017, but my publisher closed last year, and I had to find a new publisher.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
So far my new publisher has republished my four novels set in Ireland (the ‘Mist Na Mara’ series), also Her Only Option, set in Egypt, was republished in May 2018.
My newest novel, Irish Shadows, will be published in June 2018 (currently available on pre-order for only 99c/99p). Although it is Book 5 in the series, it is a stand alone novel, as are the other four novels.
I’m now having a break from Ireland, and working on a new novel (as yet untitled), which is a ‘reunion’ romance in which the hero and heroine need to resolve a betrayal in the past.
Who is a person you greatly admire and why?
Difficult to choose just one, but I think Helen Keller is an amazing example of triumph over adversity. Her world was one of darkness and silence, and yet somehow she rose above her extraordinary difficulties, and became a source of inspiration to so many others. Such a wonderful example to us all to achieve whatever we can, despite whatever problems we may have in our lives.
Please tell us about your favorite holiday and why.
I am tempted to say my many visits to Ireland during the past 10 years, but as I have written about that in my blog, I’ll choose my visit to Egypt in 2010 instead. This had been on my ‘bucket list’ for many years, but even so it exceeded all my expectations. I had to pinch myself when I finally stood in the Valley of the Kings, burial place of so many of the Egyptian pharaohs. Entering Tutankhamen’s tomb was almost surreal, as I’d read so much about Howard Carter’s search for and subsequent discovery of the tomb. I could hardly believe I was actually ‘there’ in that small tomb where he found so many treasures. Another highlight was a dawn visit to Abu Simbel: watching the sun rise above Lake Nasser and seeing the huge carved statues at the entrance of the temples change colour from grey to gold. This visit inspired my novel, Her Only Option, which combines the magical romance of a Nile cruise with the mystery of a Pharaoh’s tomb (and some threatening intrigue, too).
Speed round! Say the first thing that comes to mind!
City, suburb, or small-town?
Suburb, with access to both city and surrounding countryside.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?
Any chocolate! If pushed, I’d probably opt for dark chocolate.
Alpha, beta, or both?
Alpha minus/beta plus, combining the better qualities of both.
Wine, whiskey or punch?
May I have lager instead, please?
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Prefer hiking boots!
Leather, lace, or silk?
Silk (as long as I don’t have to iron it!)
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thank you so much for setting up this site. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it, and to getting to know the other authors here – and the readers, of course.