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Mary Balogh
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Mary Balogh
How is my name pronounced? It is the question I am asked most often, apart from "Where do you get your ideas?" Balogh is a Hungarian name. The a is short, the h best ignored. My husband tells people to rhyme our name with Kellogg's Corn Flakes. I tell them that as long as people are saying my name, I don't much care how they pronounce it!

Growing Up in Wales
I grew up in post-war Wales as Mary Jenkins. It was in many ways an idyllic childhood even though Swansea, my home town, had been heavily bombed during the war, rationing was still on, and material possessions were few. If anyone knew how to stretch a penny to do the work of two, it was my mother.

Settling in Canada
I had a very good education thanks to parents who emphasized the importance of school and career at a time when many people were still saying that education was wasted on girls. I was fortunate to be young at a time when there was employment in almost any field I might have chosen. I wanted to teach and travel, and came to Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada, on a two-year teaching contract. But at the end of the first year I had a blind date with a man named Robert Balogh and found a tall, sharply dressed, blue-eyed Adonis standing in my landlady's kitchen when I came down from my room on the fateful evening. We were married a little over a year later.

Making Dreams Come True
Wanting to be an author is a dream; wanting to be a teacher is an practical goal. The goal I could and did work toward. I knew that if ever I wrote, it was that romantic world of Regency England that I wanted to recreate. And so A Masked Deception got written in longhand at the kitchen table while home and family functioned around me after the supper dishes were done. Finally, at the end of 1983, three months after I had started it, the manuscript was ready to be submitted. But where? And how? I knew nothing about the publishing world and nothing about any writers' organizations. To say I was a greenhorn would be to flatter me. I picked out the publisher I thought did the best job of Regencies, found a Canadian address inside the cover of one of the Signet books, and sent my manuscript there with a brief covering letter. The Mississauga address was a mere distribution centre! But incredibly someone there read the manuscript, liked, it, wrote to tell me so, and sent it on to New York. Two weeks later I had a call from Hilary Ross, offering me a two-book contract. Sometimes it pays not to have a clue what one is doing!

And so the dream became reality. A Masked Deception was published in 1985 and I won the Romantic Times Award for best new Regency writer that year.

Finally, in 1988, I was able to retire from teaching after twenty years in order to devote myself to my dream career. And as the children grew up and left home and empty bedrooms behind them, I was able to set up my own study and surround myself with all my books and finest treasures.

Let no one ever say that dreams cannot come true. They can with vision and effort and a little luck--well, perhaps a great deal of luck.

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Angel Christmas (Anthology) (11/95)

Arrangement, The (08/13)

At Last Comes Love (05/09)

Bespelling Jane Austen (10/10)

Bespelling Jane Austen (paperback) (10/11)

Betrothal, The (10/10)

Beyond The Sunrise (11/92)

Beyond the Sunrise (02/15)

Blossoms (Anthology) (05/95)

Captured Hearts (Anthology) (02/99)

Certain Magic, A (01/91)

Chance Encounter, A (06/99)

Christmas Beau (12/91)

Christmas Belle, A (11/94)

Christmas Bride, A (11/97)

Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau, A (anthology) (11/12)

Christmas Keepsakes (Anthology) (10/05)

Christmas Promise, A (12/92)

Constant Heart, The (07/87)

Counterfeit Betrothal, A (06/92)

Courting Julia (11/93)

Dancing With Clara (02/94)

Daring Masquerade (06/94)

Dark Angel (08/94)

Dark Angel
Lord Carew's Bride (Anthology)

Dashing and Dangerous (Anthology) (06/95)

Deceived (04/93)

Devil's Web, The (07/90)

Double Wager, The (06/90)

Escape, The (07/14)

Famous Heroine, The (01/96)

Famous Heroine, The and The Plumed Bonnet (10/11)

First Comes Marriage (03/09)

First Snowdrop, The (09/94)

From The Heart (Anthology) (11/94)

Gentle Conquest (12/87)

Gift Of Daisies, A (01/89)

Gilded Web, The (11/89)

Gilded Web, The (reissue) (12/06)

Heart of Christmas, The (Anthology) (10/09)

Heartless (10/95)

Ideal Wife, The (10/91)

Ideal Wife, The (reissue) (06/08)

Incurable Matchmaker, The (07/95)

Indiscreet (01/97)

Indiscreet (reprint) (02/16)

Irresistible (10/98)

Irresistible (reprint) (11/16)

Irresistible [reissue] (10/07)

It Happened One Night (Anthology) (10/08)

Lady With A Black Umbrella (08/89)

Last Waltz, The (11/98)

Longing (12/94)

Longing (reprint) (03/15)

Lord Carew's Bride (06/95)

Masked Deception, A (02/85)

Masked Deception, A (UK) (12/99)

Matter of Class, A (12/09)

More than a Mistress (09/00)

No Man's Mistress (08/01)

Notorious Rake, The (09/92)

Obedient Bride, The (05/89)

One Night for Love (07/99)

One Night For Love (reissue) (07/07)

Only a Kiss (09/15)

Only a Promise (06/15)

Only Beloved (05/16)

Only Enchanting (11/14)

Plumed Bonnet, The (09/96)

Precious Jewel, A (06/93)

Precious Jewel, A (reissue) (12/09)

Promise Of Spring, A (01/90)

Proposal, The (05/12)

Rakes And Rogues (Anthology) (06/93)

Red Rose (03/86)

Regency Christmas Carol, A (Anthology) (11/97)

Regency Christmas Feast, A (Anthology) (11/96)

Regency Christmas I, A (Anthology) (11/89)

Regency Christmas II, A (Anthology) (11/90)

Regency Christmas III, A (Anthology) (11/91)

Regency Christmas IV, A (Anthology) (11/92)

Regency Christmas V, A (Anthology) (11/93)

Regency Christmas VI, A (Anthology) (11/94)

Regency Christmas VII, A (Anthology) (11/95)

Regency Summer, A (Anthology) (06/92)

Regency Valentine I, A (Anthology) (02/91)

Regency Valentine II, A (Anthology) (01/92)

Secret Affair, A (Hardcover) (05/10)

Secret Mistress, The (07/11)

Secret Mistress, The (mass market reprint) (07/12)

Secret Pearl, The (09/91)

Secret Pearl, The (reissue) (11/05)

Secrets Of The Heart (04/88)

Seducing an Angel (Hardcover) (05/09)

Silent Melody (08/97)

Simply Love (Hardcover) (08/06)

Simply Love (reissue) (03/07)

Simply Magic (Hardcover) (03/07)

Simply Magic (reissue) (02/08)

Simply Perfect (Hardcover) (03/08)

Simply Unforgettable (03/05)

Slightly Dangerous (06/04)

Slightly Marrried (04/03)

Slightly Scandalous (06/03)

Slightly Sinful (04/04)

Slightly Tempted (12/03)

Slightly Wicked (05/03)

Snow Angel (05/91)

Someone to Wed (11/17)

Summer To Remember, A (07/02)

Summer to Remember, A (reissue) (07/07)

Tangled (03/94)

Temporary Wife, The (05/97)

Temporary Wife, The/ Promise of Spring, A (anthology) (02/12)

Tempting Harriet (05/94)

Then Comes Seduction (04/09)

Thief of Dreams (05/98)

Tokens of Love (Anthology) (01/93)

Truly (05/96)

Trysting Place, The (06/86)

Unacceptable Offer, An (05/88)

Under the Mistletoe (anthology reissue) (12/13)

Under the Mistletoe (Anthology) (10/03)

Unforgiven (01/98)

Unforgiven (reprint) (07/16)

Ungrateful Governess, The (03/96)

Unlikely Duchess, An (10/90)

Web Of Love (03/90)

Web of Love (reissue) (06/07)

Wood Nymph, The (01/87)


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