Event report

Conference 2014 - One author, two genres

Report published 21 July 2014

“A book can change your life,” said Pamela Hartshorne, who after reading The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman was inspired to do a PhD in Medieval Studies. To fund this, she decided to write a Mills & Boon!

Fast forwarding through rejections, eleven years hard work, a degree under her belt and 50 Mills & Boons to her credit, she found the need to write something different to counter-balance the romance writing. After much deliberating, discussion and banging her head on the desk, she leapt right out of her comfort zone and wrote a time-slip novel.

Despite her worries Time's Echo published by Pan Macmillan under her own name was shortlisted for a RITA award at the same time as We’ll Always Have Paris written as Jessica Hart (Harlequin Mills & Boon). Times Echo was also a finalist in the RoNA award for Best Historical Historical Romance that year. Her second time-slip, The Memory of Midnight was published in October 2013.

In a fun and fascinating session, Pamela talked about having to find a whole new voice for her time- slips. “I had to plot with not one, but two parallel narratives; historic dialogue was another challenge and I had to do a lot of research.”

And of course two genres meant two names, two websites, two Twitter handles, two Facebook pages, two personas. “In fact, I get confused as to who I actually am!” she joked.

She finished her brilliant talk by saying, “I'm glad I took that leap to go for something so different but I couldn't have done it without a solid background in romance.”

Report by Ann Evans

It's a fact

Women find Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy the most romantic couple in fiction but men think it is Romeo and Juliet. However a majority of women under 35 prefer Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy.