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Zara Stoneley grew up in a small village in Staffordshire. As a teenager she submitted her first novel (unagented and unsolicited) to a major publisher. The encouraging comments she received from a very kind editor inspired her to continue writing and submit via a more orthodox route many years later.

After completing a degree, working as an IT consultant, and then combining running a dog grooming business with family life Zara returned to her love of writing.

In 2012 she secured her first publishing contract with Xcite Books, the erotic imprint of Accent Press, and a year later signed a deal with HarperCollins.

Zara now writes fun, romantic romps set in the British countryside that she loves so much. She splits her time between a country cottage in a Cheshire village, surrounded by family, friends and assorted animals, and an apartment in Barcelona.

You can follow her on twitter : @ZaraStoneley

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!