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Beat the bestsellers

The style and technique of Katie Fforde

A romantic novelist with a strong feel-good factor, explored by Tony Rossiter

Described by one critic as ‘modern-day Austen’ and by another as ‘Joanne Trollope crossed with Tom Sharpe,’ Katie Fforde has written 23 romantic novels. ‘Old-fashioned romance of the best sort… funny, comforting,’ said another critic.

She has been a committee member, chairman and president of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA), and is founder of the Katie Fforde Bursary, which consists of a year’s subscription to the RNA and a place at its conference for a writer who has yet to secure a publishing contract.

How she began

‘It’s the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever kept,’ said Katie Fforde. Her mother had given her the Christmas present of a writing kit – paper, dictionaries, thesaurus, Tipp-ex – and she resolved to do what she had been talking about doing for years: to start writing a novel. Her mother’s present gave her the kick-start she needed.

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