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Gwen Kirkwood lives in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, about twenty miles west of the romantic Gretna Green. She has written several series of novels following families through different generations. Her own background is in dairy farming and her novels have an authentic farming and country background, including historical and social changes of the period.

Gwen joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in the 1980s but after the publication of eight novels she stopped writing due to family commitments following the death of her husband. The RNA resurrected the Elizabeth Goudge Competition in 2000 and having won it, Gwen was spurred on to write again. Thanks to the RNA she has enjoyed support and friendship, including meeting her agent, Dorothy Lumley. She has now retired from farming but she continues writing her Scottish sagas.

It's a fact

The first romantic novel with a happy ending was 'Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded', by Samuel Richardson, published in 1740. She marries the boss – eventually!