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Katie Fforde - Author

About the Author

Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Katie Fforde by Mary Hogarth.

 

Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on KATIE FFORDE
I met Katie through the Romantic Novelists Association, whether you're a published novelist or not, you can still join and get some great tips. Katie is as much fun as her heroines who make me feel that nothing is impossible in life even when you're negotiating unexpected corners. One of my all time favourites is Wild Designs.

 

Author photo © David O’Driscoll

 

Below is a Q&A with this author


1.    Did you always want to become an author?
No, I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until my late twenties. Before that I ran a narrowboat hotel business with my husband and then had babies, but I would have liked to be a counsellor if I wasn’t a writer.
2.    Do you miss anything from your life before?
I had a very good life before I became an author, with a lovely husband, children and house. But when I started writing I realised what I had been missing. I think it’s to do with having an overactive imagination and wanting to communicate (which can be a posh word for chat!).
3.    What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing is getting to try out lots of jobs I could never have had in real life through my characters. It’s also lovely to hear from people who have enjoyed my books – it can give me the impression that I’m doing something worthwhile, even though what I write is for entertainment.
4.    How do you start writing a new novel?
I start with a theme. I have several subjects I long to explore bubbling around at any one time and when one comes to the top I start to think about my characters. Then comes the plot. I don’t usually know at the beginning what the ending will be – I have to wait and find out! Although I know that it will be happy.
5.    What are the essentials of creating a good romance?
I think a good hero is absolutely key, and then a heroine who the reader can recognise – not too perfect, but likeable. Plot is very important, so then it’s a case of creating a few really romantic scenes. Not necessarily hearts-and-flowers romantic but unexpected romance in surprising places.
6.    Why is research important?
It’s hard enough to write a book as it is, let alone without knowing about your theme – you need to know your stuff. That said, some things can be impossible to research, like the judging at the Chelsea Flower Show, or when the Queen visits! I do quite a lot of research personally. I remember a writer friend saying to me, ‘But you write contemporaries, you don’t need to do research’, but that is very far from the truth. My early books were set around my own life – working in a cafe and being a cleaning lady were things I had actually done. However, eventually I ran out of life experience and had to do research. I love finding out fascinating things about subjects that interest me.
7.    Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you try and relieve this?
Writers block happens often in a small way. A change of scene helps to relieve it for me. This might involve shopping, a drive in the car (scenery often gets my creative juices going) or just being with friends. Luckily it never lasts for long with me and is often caused by being a bit tired.

Featured books by Katie Fforde

A Vintage Wedding

A Vintage Wedding

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Weddings, romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings. The deliciously romantic new novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. In a small Cotswold country town, Beth, Lindy and Rachel are looking for new beginnings. So they set up in business, organising stylish and perfectly affordable vintage weddings. Soon they are busy arranging other people's Big Days. What none of them know is that their own romances lie waiting, just around the corner...

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The Perfect Match

The Perfect Match

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Country cottages, romance, humour and making dreams come true. This is the wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn't have ...Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he's been preoccupied, and she's starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers. And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she's over him, isn't she?

ebook of the month
The Perfect Match

The Perfect Match

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/03/2014

This is the wonderful new novel from the RNA award winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of A French Affair. Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn't have. Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he's been preoccupied, and she's starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers. And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she's over him, isn't she?

ebook of the month
A French Affair

A French Affair

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The deliciously romantic novel from the RNA award winning and Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of Recipe for Love. Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep. The last thing either of them want is to fall in love. But will a trip to France change their minds?

ebook of the month
A French Affair

A French Affair

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep.

Recipe for Love

Recipe for Love

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Take one aspiring cook. Stir in a heaped tablespoon of romance. All too soon there's more than canapes, cupcakes and cordon bleu at stake. Will Zoe win the competition, or is Gideon one temptation too far?

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Other books by Katie Fforde

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

_______________________________ The brand new heart-warming romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Country Escape and A Secret Garden. _______________________________ IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO FALL IN LOVE... Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland. She's answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it's time to make a change and do something different for a while? The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her `one who got away', is of course purely incidental. Soon Caro is falling in love - not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she's now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there's only one way to rescue it. So begins a magical romantic summer, one that will take Caro from Scotland to London and the south of France, in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes. Romance, humour, a cast of warm and totally believable characters and the tantalising possibility of happily-ever-after? It must be a Katie Fforde novel. _______________________________ The whole world loves Katie Fforde's work: Modern-day Austen. Great fun Red Top-drawer romantic escapism Daily Mail Warm, brilliant and full of love Heat Delicious - gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches Sunday Times Effortlessly lovable, warm and fun Closer Curl up on the sofa with this book and dream... delightful The Lady Deliciously enjoyable Woman and Home Uplifting and delightful Hot Brands Cool Places

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

_______________________________ The brand new heart-warming romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Country Escape and A Secret Garden. _______________________________ IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO FALL IN LOVE... Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland. She's answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it's time to make a change and do something different for a while? The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her `one who got away', is of course purely incidental. Soon Caro is falling in love - not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she's now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there's only one way to rescue it. So begins a magical romantic summer, one that will take Caro from Scotland to London and the south of France, in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes. Romance, humour, a cast of warm and totally believable characters and the tantalising possibility of happily-ever-after? It must be a Katie Fforde novel. _______________________________ The whole world loves Katie Fforde's work: Modern-day Austen. Great fun Red Top-drawer romantic escapism Daily Mail Warm, brilliant and full of love Heat Effortlessly lovable, warm and fun Closer Deliciously enjoyable Woman and Home Delicious - gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches Sunday Times

Highland Fling

Highland Fling

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A fine romance? A wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. When 'Virtual Assistant' Jenny Porter's boyfriend accuses her of being impulsive, soft-hearted and unbusinesslike, dashing off to Scotland to sort out a failing mill for one of her clients may not be the best way of proving him wrong. And promising to help run a mobile burger bar before she's even found her feet doesn't help matters. When she finds herself determined to save the mill - whatever her client's wishes - it seems that Henry's accusations may have contained more than a grain of truth. So when Jenny's awkward encounters with the abrasive but disconcertingly attractive Ross Grant develop into something more complicated - just as Henry arrives in Scotland to reclaim her - it's time for Jenny to make some decisions. Should she do the sensible thing and follow Henry back to London? Or is her Highland adventure more than just a fling...?

A Country Escape

A Country Escape

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

A YEAR IN THE COUNTRY. A YEAR TO FALL IN LOVE. The BRAND NEW deliciously romantic novel from the Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Author of A Summer At Sea and A Secret Garden. Fran has always wanted to be a farmer, so how she ended up a chef in London is anyone's guess. But her childhood dream is about to come true. She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old aunt who has told Fran that if she manages to turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers. But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows. She's going to need a lot of help from her best friend Issi, and also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour - who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive. Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself? Warm, funny and wonderfully romantic, this is Katie Forde at her very best.

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2019

_______________________________ The brand new heart-warming romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Country Escape and A Secret Garden. _______________________________ IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO FALL IN LOVE... Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland. She's answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it's time to make a change and do something different for a while? The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her `one who got away', is of course purely incidental. Soon Caro is falling in love - not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she's now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there's only one way to rescue it. So begins a magical romantic summer, one that will take Caro from Scotland to London and the south of France, in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes. Romance, humour, a cast of warm and totally believable characters and the tantalising possibility of happily-ever-after? It must be a Katie Fforde novel. _______________________________ The whole world loves Katie Fforde's work: Modern-day Austen. Great fun Red Top-drawer romantic escapism Daily Mail Warm, brilliant and full of love Heat Delicious - gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches Sunday Times Effortlessly lovable, warm and fun Closer Curl up on the sofa with this book and dream... delightful The Lady Deliciously enjoyable Woman and Home Uplifting and delightful Hot Brands Cool Places

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

A Rose Petal Summer It's never too late to fall in love

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

_______________________________ The brand new heart-warming romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Country Escape and A Secret Garden. _______________________________ IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO FALL IN LOVE... Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland. She's answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it's time to make a change and do something different for a while? The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her `one who got away', is of course purely incidental. Soon Caro is falling in love - not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she's now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there's only one way to rescue it. So begins a magical romantic summer, one that will take Caro from Scotland to London and the south of France, in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes. Romance, humour, a cast of warm and totally believable characters and the tantalising possibility of happily-ever-after? It must be a Katie Fforde novel. _______________________________ The whole world loves Katie Fforde's work: Modern-day Austen. Great fun Red Top-drawer romantic escapism Daily Mail Warm, brilliant and full of love Heat Delicious - gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches Sunday Times Effortlessly lovable, warm and fun Closer Curl up on the sofa with this book and dream... delightful The Lady Deliciously enjoyable Woman and Home Uplifting and delightful Hot Brands Cool Places

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Delve inside this CHRISTMAS STOCKING choc-full of perfectly themed, never-before-published seasonal short stories perfect for anyone who loves romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings. By the Sunday Times Number One bestselling author, Katie Fforde. 'A lovely, warm read to sink your teeth into' Heat 'Delicious - gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches' Sunday Times 'A perfect match for an afternoon curled up on the sofa!' Sun THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING: Romy is all set to join her boyfriend and his family in France for Christmas, though truth be told she isn't looking forward to it very much. And then she meets Felix - and her plans for the big day suddenly become a lot more interesting. CANDLELIGHT AT CHRISTMAS: It was meant to be the perfect Christmas - surrounded by friends and family in their beautiful home in the country. But then the lights go out, and Fenella knows she will have to work very hard to keep everyone happy ... THE CHRISTMAS FAIRY: It's Christmas Eve in Crinan, and a young man is on his own with only his nephew and niece for company. Then Ella arrives. Dressed as a fairy, she is determined to wave her wand and give them all the best Christmas ever. And many more! Guaranteed to make this your happiest Christmas ever!

A Country Escape

A Country Escape

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

A YEAR IN THE COUNTRY. A YEAR TO FALL IN LOVE. The BRAND NEW deliciously romantic novel from the Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Author of A Summer At Sea and A Secret Garden. 'Modern Day Austen. Great fun!' Red 'Top-drawer romantic escapism' Daily Mail 'Deliciously enjoyable' Woman & Home 'Effortlessly lovable' Closer Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true. She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old aunt who has told Fran that if she manages to turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers. But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows. She's going to need a lot of help from her best friend Issi, and also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour - who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive. Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself? Warm, funny and wonderfully romantic, this is Katie Forde at her very best.

Country Escape

Country Escape

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 22/02/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Country Escape by Katie Fforde, read by Jilly Bond.Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true. She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old aunt who has told Fran that if she manages to turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers.But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows.She's going to need a lot of help from her best friend Issi, and also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour - who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive.Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself?Warm, funny and wonderfully romantic, this is Katie Forde at her very best.'Modern Day Austen. Great fun!' Red'Top-drawer romantic escapism' Daily Mail'Deliciously enjoyable' Woman & Home'Effortlessly lovable' Closer

Christmas Stocking and Other Stories

Christmas Stocking and Other Stories

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2017

A brand-new book by the Number One Bestselling author Katie Fforde containing NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED Christmas short stories. Perfect for anyone who loves romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings. It's Christmas morning. The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped and the turkey's in the oven.Outside the first flakes of snow are beginning to fall.AND HERE IT IS!A personal present from Katie Fforde: six NEW perfectly themed seasonal short stories, guaranteed to make this your happiest Christmas ever!'A lovely, warm read to sink your teeth into' Heat'Delicious - gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches' Sunday Times 'A perfect match for an afternoon curled up on the sofa!' Sun

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde, read by Helen Johns.Romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings in Katie Fforde's brand new novel for 2017.'What I want to know', said Lorna, 'is what lies behind those ash trees at the back of the garden?Lorna is a talented gardener and Philly is a plantswoman. Together they work in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the CotswoldsThey enjoy their jobs and are surrounded by family and friends. But for them both the door to true love remains resolutely closed.So when Lorna is introduced to Jack at a dinner party and Lucien catches Philly's eye at the local farmers market, it seems that dreams really can come true and happy endings lie just around the corner.But do they?Troublesome parents, the unexpected arrival of someone from Lorna's past, and the discovery of an old and secret garden mean their lives are about to become a lot more complicated...The deliciously romantic new novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of A Vintage Wedding, Recipe for Love, and A French Affair.

Candlelight at Christmas

Candlelight at Christmas

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2016

THE MOST ROMANTIC SHORT STORY YOU'LL READ THIS CHRISTMASTreat yourself to some extra sparkle and romance this Christmas with this exclusive straight-to-digital short story from the Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller. Also includes a sneak preview of Katie s wonderfully romantic new novel, A Secret Garden.Fenella and Rupert are organising the perfect Christmas, surrounded by their friends in their beautiful Somerby house. Until Fenella gets a phone call from her ghastly parents-in-law asking if they can join them for the holiday. Fenella couldn't possibly refuse and besides, it could be worse.But when they arrive and the house is suddenly plunged in darkness thanks to a power cut, Fenella knows she has her work cut out to keep everyone happy and pull off the perfect Christmas feast.Plus the first chance to read the opening chapter of Katie's novel, A Secret Garden.