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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?

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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?

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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

Christmas in Disguise (A romantic short story perfect for Christmas)

Christmas in Disguise (A romantic short story perfect for Christmas)

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 25/11/2015

Treat yourself to some extra romance with this exclusive, straight-to-digital short story from the Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller.When Jo s friend Andi asks if she ll stand in to cook Christmas lunch for her employer, Jo reluctantly agrees. She knows Andi will lose her job if she doesn t, and wants to help out her friend.Jo is nervous because Andi s boss is a well-known celebrity diva, who outright refuses to have anyone but Andi cook for her. But she also insists Andi wears full chef's whites so the girls think they ll get away with it it s the perfect Christmas disguise.But when Jo runs into one of the guests - good looking and very smart Anthony - things get even more complicated Plus the first chance to read the opening chapter of Katie's novel, A Summer at Sea.

Strandkusse

Strandkusse

Author: Katie Fforde, Linnea Holmstrom, Jill Hilton, Valentine Michaels Format: eBook Release Date: 20/05/2015

Sommer, Sonne, Lesespass - funf spannende Geschichten rund um Liebe, Traume und Leidenschaft! Folgen Sie Katie Fforde in den "e;Sommer der Liebe"e;, begleiten Sie Linnea Holmstrm bei ihrem "e;Sommerglck auf Reisen"e; und lassen Sie sich von den Kurzgeschichten von Jill Holtmann und Valentine Michaels nach Mallorca, Sdfrankreich und Costa Rica entfhren ... "e;Sommer der Liebe"e; Katie Fjorde: Sian ist mit ihrem kleinen Sohn aufs Land gezogen. Whrend sie mit Hingabe ihren Garten bepflanzt, lernt sie die frhliche Fiona kennen, die ihr bald eine mtterliche Freundin wird. Beide sehnen sich nach ein bisschen Erfrischung in Sachen Liebesleben, daher nutzt Fiona das Partnerbrsenangebot im Internet, und Sian denkt ber die Wiederbelebung ihrer Affre mit einem treuen Verehrer nach. Doch das Schicksal hat andere Plne und prsentiert ihnen das Glck eines Tages gleich im Doppelpack... "e;Sommerglck auf Reisen"e; Linnea Holmstrm: Die Kchin Kristina Ljungstrm hat sich Schwedens berhmtesten Gastrokritiker zum Feind gemacht. Und ihr Sohn Finn hat sich ausgerechnet in dessen Tochter Svea verliebt. Natrlich kommt es berhaupt nicht infrage, dass Finn und Svea in den Sommerferien gemeinsam durch Schweden reisen. Doch die Teenager lassen sich ihren Urlaub nicht verderben und reien aus. Kristina nimmt die Verfolgung auf, aber schon nach wenigen Kilometern bleibt ihr Auto am Straenrand liegen - wo ausgerechnet der unverschmte Gastrokritiker sie aufsammelt. Eine sommerliche Reise quer durch Schweden nimmt ihren Lauf - mit viel Witz, Romantik und leckeren Rezepten zum Nachkochen. "e;Sonne, Sand und Liebestrume"e; Jill Hilton:Mallorca- Insel der Sonne und der Trume. Viele Mrchen wurden hier Wirklichkeit. Doch daran will Nadja nicht denken. Sie ist nach Mallorca geflohen, um eine unglckliche Liebe zu vergessen. Aber aus ihren ruhigen,. beschaulichen Ferien wird nichts, denn sie trifft Simon - einen Mann mit Vergangenheit und einer Ausstrahlung, die der jungen Frau gefhrlich werden kann ... "e;Der Urlaubsflirt vom letzten Jahr"e; Jill Hilton: Um zu vergessen, was an Schlimmem hinter ihr liegt, fhrt Sandra nach Sdfrankreich. Und hier, unter dem wolkenlosen Himmel der Provence, lernt sie Robert kennen. Zunchst scheint es so, als knnte dieser Mann mit seinem Charme ihr helfen, ihr Lachen wiederzufinden und den Schmerz zu berwinden. Doch dann mu Sandra erfahren, dass ein dunkles Geheimnis sein Leben berschattet. Pltzlich bekommt sie Angst vor ihren Gefhlen fr diesen Mann und berstrzt reist sie ab. Vergessen jedoch kann sie Robert nicht ... "e;Trume hinterm Horizont"e; Valentine Michaels: 13 Jahre Ehe, 13 Jahre an der Seite von Ronald - vorbei! Nichts bleibt Anja mehr auer der bitteren Gewissheit, Liebe gegeben und nichts zurckbekommen zu haben. Was soll sie tun? In ihrer Verzweiflung durchforstet sie die Stelleninserate und entdeckt eine Anzeige, die sie magisch anzieht. "e;Urwaldfarm in Costa Rica sucht Hilfe bei der Tierversorgung"e;. Kurz entschlossen bewirbt sich Anja um den Job - und taucht ein paar Wochen spter in ein Leben voller Abenteuer ein, in dessen Mittelpunkt ein Mann steht, wie sie noch keinem begegnet ist ...

Geschenke aus dem Paradies/Glucklich gestrandet/Sommerkusse voller Sehnsucht

Geschenke aus dem Paradies/Glucklich gestrandet/Sommerkusse voller Sehnsucht

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2015

Drei turbulente Romane mit sympathisch eigenwilligen Figuren von Erfolgsautorin Katie Fforde. Geschenke aus dem Paradies. Nel wei nicht mehr, wo ihr der Kopf steht: in ihrem Geschenkeladen herrscht Chaos, die pubertierende Tochter macht ihr die Hlle hei, und auch ihr eiferschtiger Freund Simon sorgt nicht gerade fr pure Glckseligkeit. Als Nel dann zufllig unter einem Mistelzweig steht und von einem geheimnisvollen Fremden geksst wird, herrscht vollkommene Verwirrung. Zwar fhlt sich Nel augenblicklich wie im siebten Himmel, aber dieser Zustand hlt nicht lange an, denn pltzlich steht Simon vor ihr ... Glcklich gestrandet. Der Traum vom groen Glck ist fr Nora erst mal ausgetrumt. Nach ihrer geplatzten Hochzeit sucht sie moralischen Beistand bei ihrer Freundin Jo, die auf einem Hausboot lebt. Das turbulente Leben auf dem Wasser zieht Dora schnell in seinen Bann. Und noch ehe sie wei, wie sie ihre Netze am besten neu auswirft, scheint ihr jemand bereits zuvorgekommen zu sein ... Sommerksse voller Sehnsucht. Wenn's um die groen Gefhle anderer geht, hat Hochzeitsplanerin Sarah alles im Griff. Doch was ihre eigenen betrifft herrscht vlliges Chaos. Das scheint sich jedoch zu ndern, als ihr der charmant unkomplizierte Hugo begegnet. Leider gehrt zu dem eine uncharmant komplizierte Freundin ... Oder etwa nicht?Dieses E-Book enthlt auerdem eine ausfhrliche Leseprobe von "e;Eine unerwartete Affre"e;, dem neuen Roman von Katie Fforde!

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?

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The Perfect Match

The Perfect Match

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2015

The wonderfully romantic new novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love. 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?

Tokeletes megoldas

Tokeletes megoldas

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2014

Bella Castle harom evvel ezelott osszetort szivvel hagyta el szulovarosat, amikor beleszeretett Dominic Thane-be, aki nem lehetett az ove. Mostanra uj eletet teremtett maganak; ingatlanugynokkent dolgozik a Costwoldsben. Szereti uj otthonat, uj munkahelyet es uj baratjat, Nevilt is, aki tortenetesen a fonoke is egyben. Ugy tunik, ok az igazi alompar. Bar Nevil megkerte a kezet, a ferfinak mostanaban mintha mashol jarnanak a gondolatai. Bella nem erti, mi foglalja le ennyire. Aztan varatlanul felbukkan Dominic, es a lany szepen folepitett vilaga darabokra hullik. Bella immar nem biztos benne, hogy uj elete epp az, amit igazan szeretne...

A Christmas Feast

A Christmas Feast

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2014

A delicious Christmas feast of short stories from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of A French Affair and The Perfect Match. Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect, romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand new story. Make your Christmas wishes come true... Includes an exclusive sneak preview of Katie's new novel, A Vintage Wedding.

Majdnem tokeletes

Majdnem tokeletes

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2014

Anna, a frissen vegzett belsoepitesz ugy dont, hogy a tettek mezejere lep. Mindent - azaz keveske penzet - kockara teve vasarol egy tunemenyes kis hazat videken, hogy majd felujitja es kipofozza - elvegre ez a szakmaja -, azutan eladja. Ily modon bebizonyithatja a csaladjanak, hogy igenis kepes megallni a sajat laban. A mesebeli haziko ranezesre tokeletes, am belul maga a kaosz: a foldszinten hianyos a padlo, a tetoterbe lepcso helyett egy rozoga letra vezet, aram nincs, tehat elo a gyertyakkal, agy sehol, csupan egy matracon, halozsakban hajthatja alomra a fejet.

The Perfect Match

The Perfect Match

Author: Katie Fforde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

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?

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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

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?

From Scotland With Love (Short Story)

From Scotland With Love (Short Story)

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2013

Treat yourself to some extra romance with this exclusive, straight-to-digital short story from the Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller.When Daisy travels to Scotland to confront notorious author Rory McAllan, little does she know that within hours she ll be snowed in with him. But surely she's not going to have to spend her precious New Year's Eve with him too? Put the champagne on ice, get the fireworks ready and step into the wonderfully warm, witty and romantic world of Katie Fforde. Plus the first chance to read the opening chapter of Katie's novel, The Perfect Match.

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?

ebook of the month
Staying Away at Christmas (Short Story)

Staying Away at Christmas (Short Story)

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2012

Add an extra sparkle to your festivities with this exclusive, straight to digital short story from the Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller.Miranda and her daughters have rented a cosy cottage for Christmas. The only trouble is, Anthony and his children are booked into the same place. In a moment of Christmas spirit, Miranda suggests they all spend yuletide together. Will the mistletoe help ease the tension and bring some cheer? Will romance blossom under the stars? Or will it be a Christmas they d all rather forget? Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Fforde is known for her wonderfully romantic stories, delectable heroes, and heroines we can all relate to. In Staying Away at Christmas her warmth and wit shine through in this enchanting short story. Turn on the Christmas lights, curl up on the sofa and immerse yourself in the deliciously readable world of Katie Fforde. It also gives readers a chance to read the opening chapter of A French Affair.

Wild Designs

Wild Designs

Author: Katie Fforde Format: eBook Release Date: 02/08/2012

Althea Farraday, a thirty-eight-year-old divorced mother of three, has a teenage son who's a Buddhist, a hypercritical sister who knows how to push all her buttons, a job on the endangered species list, and a love life to match. Just as she's settling in to a comfortable level of chaos, a near-perfect man enters her life. Equipped to steal her heart and help turn her passion for designing gardens into a new career, Patrick Donahugh may be too good to be true. Amid wild roses, California poppies, scarlet flax, sweet rocket, love-in-a-mist, and of course, plenty of dirt, Wild Designs is a refreshingly honest and funny read that celebrates the almost-ready-to-bloom aspect of all of our lives.