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Christina Courtenay - Author


Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.

Christina is vice chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. In 2011, Christina’s first novel Trade Winds (September 2010) was short listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. In 2012, Highland Storms (November 2011) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award (RoNA). And The Silent Touch of Shadows (July 2012), Christina’s fourth novel, won the award for Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance.

Christina was appointed as chair of the Romantic Novelists’s Association in 2013.

Below is a Q & A with this author.

How would you describe your novel?
A contemporary YA romance with a UK/US culture clash (the heroine is a British girl who has to go to an American high school for a year).

What gave you the inspiration for the story?
I spent three years at an American high school myself and at a recent alumni reunion, I started to think back to that time and this sparked the idea for the story. The heroine is how I would have liked to be but wasn’t – independent, strong and self-confident – and the hero is the kind of boy I would have liked to date.


Where and how do you write?
I can write anywhere with my laptop, but my favourite place is at my desk with a proper keyboard (so much easier to type on!). I don’t do much plotting beforehand, I just sit down and write until I get stuck, then I might try and make an outline plan of where the rest of the story is going.

Who do you base your characters on?
I almost always use a real person (actor, celebrity, rock star or similar) as the inspiration for my characters’ looks, then I invent a completely new personality for them. I love going to the cinema and finding new hero/heroine material!

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
My iPad (loaded with as many books as it would hold), chocolate and a Swiss Army knife I think (the biggest kind with every gadget under the sun).


Author photo © Marte Lundby Rekaa

If you like Christina Courtenay you might also like to read books by Barbara Erskine, Susanna Kearsley and Audrey Howard.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Christina Courtenay

The Secret Kiss of Darkness
Christina Courtenay
There is nothing like a little ghostly carrying on to make for an amusing, lighthearted, romantic read which this most certainly is. That the subject of a portrait should speak to Kayla, our heroine, makes you suspend your disbelief. That...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
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Reader Reviewed New England Rocks
Christina Courtenay
An addictive mix of humour, surprise and several scoops of teenage romance. A new departure for award winning Choc Lit author Chistina Courtenay. Privileged, British and expelled from another boarding school Rain Mackensie finds herself at a local high school...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
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The Gilded Fan
Christina Courtenay
Winner of the Historical Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014. From the author of four successful award-winning novels, this is a gorgeous historical romance and the sequel to Christina’s second novel, The Scarlet Kimono,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2013
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The Silent Touch of Shadows
Christina Courtenay
Winner of the Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance 2012. An intriguingly romantic and supernatural time slip mystery from Award winning historical novelist Christina Courtenay. Could the vivid life like dreams that Melissa Grantham and fellow villager...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
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Highland Storms
Christina Courtenay
Winner of the RNA Historical Romantic Novel Award 2012. Although following on from the excellent Trade Winds, which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011 this is a romantic and historical...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2011
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The Scarlet Kimono
Christina Courtenay
Winner of the Big Red Reads Historical Fiction Award 2011. Following on from the success of her first novel Trade Winds (which we featured) The Scarlet Kimono is another beautifully written, historically accurate story with a real romance at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2011
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Trade Winds
Christina Courtenay
Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. December 2010 Book of the Month. It's a real pleasure to read a well written, historically accurate book, that is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/08/2010
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Monsoon Mists
Christina Courtenay
Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought - It's 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past - from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India. In India he starts a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The Soft Whisper of Dreams
Christina Courtenay
A sequel to The Secret Kiss of Darkness but you need no knowledge of that to thoroughly enjoy this. There is a touch of magic here and perhaps a touch of madness. Maddie only discovers she’s adopted upon the sudden...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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