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Originally trained in finance and banking, but more recently working with young children and their families in libraries and children’s centres, Vivien Hampshire started her writing career with a 150-word paragraph that won the Mail on Sunday Best Opening to a Novel competition in 1993. Since then she has sold more than 120 short stories to UK women’s magazines and 250 articles about working with children to professional nursery and childcare magazines, and had a book about cracking the cryptic crossword commercially published.

After four years in the New Writers Scheme, she became a full RNA member in 2016 when she signed a contract with Harlequin HQ for the publication of her first romantic comedy, ‘How To Win Back Your Husband’. Vivien lives in Middlesex with her husband and two cats. She has twin daughters, now grown-up, and a young granddaughter who keeps her busy and entertained. She rarely lets a day go by without completing at least one cryptic crossword (the harder the better) and has also started to compile crosswords of her own, convinced that there’s no better way to keep her brain cells active then working out the complexities of a baffling clue – and eating chocolate!

It's a fact

Women are more likely than men to read in the bath, while men are more likely to read in the loo.