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Vanessa Kelly
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Fast forward to graduate school (after another long, boggy period). I finally figured out that since I liked reading and writing so much, I should probably study literature. I gravitated toward British women writers of the Regency period (must have been all the Austen and Heyer), especially the incomparable Fanny Burney. I earned my Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, and spent several years in the Ph.D. program at the University of Toronto. I didn’t complete my doctorate, but spent many contented hours holed up in the stacks of the library, combing through old documents and reading about the madness of King George III (hop on over to the Regency Reloaded section of my website to read about Fanny Burney’s connection to the mad king). During this period my love for all things Regency burst into full bloom. I now imagined myself as the classic Regency heroine, eager to dance the night away, and throw myself into the arms of the first handsome rake who stumbled drunkenly from his racing curricle into my path. Here’s a picture of me ... ok, that’s not me. I don’t know who that is, but she’s got great back cleavage. Anyway, in addition to all the great literature I was reading, I discovered Amanda Quick, Stephanie Laurens, Jo Beverly, and so many other talented writers. I just loved their ability to craft elegant, thrilling, and passionately sensual stories about intelligent women and the big, strong alpha males who loved them. And I wanted to be a writer just like them. Fast forward a few more years (after a period working in the public sector as a researcher and writer), and I finally got my wish. I began writing Regency-set historical romances, and signed my first contract with Kensington Books in May of 2008. And like any good heroine, I did find my Happily Ever After. I’m married to a swell guy (who is also a writer), have two great stepsons and a daughter-in-law, and more good friends and family than any one person deserves. And I get to write passionate, sensual romances about my favorite period in history. Just like Amanda, Stephanie, and Jo.

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