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Catherine Spencer


aka Kathy Orr

Catherine Spencer went to a Catholic school and she worked as a High SchoolEnglish teacher. She married and had four childen. Catherine fell intowriting by happy accident. Approaching menopause and ready for a change ofcareer while she could still walk and chew gum at the same time, sheeavesdropped on a conversation about writing for Mills & Boon and decidedthis was too good a challenge to pass up. With the blithe ignorance of anon-swimmer leaping into a shark-infested pool, she resigned from her job asa high school English teacher and fired off her first submission to Mills &Boon's editorial staff. Although her first two submissions were rejected,the third effort made the grade.

Her first book was published in 1986, and *The Loving Touch*, her thirdnovel, was a short contemporary finalist for the Romance Writers' ofAmerica's prestigious RITA Award. Her books have been translated into morethan 17 languages and distributed in nearly 30 foreign markets.

In between deadlines, she has taught courses on writing series romance atboth college and continuing education level, as well as presenting workshopsat the RWA's national conference in St. Louis and New York, to variousaffiliated chapters throughout the Pacific Northwest, and at the SurreyWriters' Conference in British Columbia. With friend and fellow writerJudith Bowen, she is a co-sponsor of the biennial Singletree Workshop, anacclaimed weekend retreat for romance writers drawing participants from allover North America.

Catherine lives with her husband in White Rock, a small seaside communitysouth of Vancouver, British Columbia. She has four grown children, fivegrandchildren, two dogs and a cat, all of which are perfect! She has yet tofind the perfect house, though, and despite repeated promises never to do soagain, continues to persuade her husband to undertake renovations whichalways turn out to be more extensive and costly than she envisaged. In herlimited spare time, she enjoys swimming, walking, reading, playing thepiano, collecting antiques, and growing tropical plants. She once drove fromB.C. to North Dakota and spent a week cruising small-town auctions there andin South Dakota and Minnesota, looking for small antique items to bringhome. She ended up renting the biggest U-Haul trailer her car could tow, andhad it stuffed to the roof with furniture. Ever since, her husband refusesto let her leave town unless he's along for the ride!

Genres: Romance
Once Bitten, Twice Shy / Love's Sting / The Wedding Effect (1996) (with Sophie Weston)
A Christmas Seduction (2001) (with Helen Brooks and Emma Darcy)
Christmas Secrets (2002) (with Diana Hamilton and Carole Mortimer)
A Marriage on Paper (2005) (with Miranda Lee and Jane Porter)
More Than a Mistress (2006) (with Emma Darcy and Anne Mather)
Wedding Vows (2007) (with Barbara Hannay and Jessica Hart)
Secret Passions (2007) (with Amanda Browning and Sharon Kendrick)
Bound by a Baby (2007) (with Kate Walker and Rebecca Winters)
Secret Babies Bundle (2007) (with Carole Mortimer and Kate Walker)
One-Click Buy: December Harlequin Presents (2007) (with Robyn Donald, Julia James, Sharon Kendrick, Kim Lawrence and Anne Mather)
His Child (2008) (with Sharon Kendrick and Anne McAllister)
The Italian's Bride Bundle (2008) (with Melanie Milburne, Kathryn Ross and Cathy Williams)
Texas-Made Family / Man from Tuscany (2008) (with Roz Denny Fox)
One-Click Buy: May 2009 Harlequin Presents (2009) (with Robyn Donald, India Grey, Penny Jordan, Lucy Monroe and Susan Stephens)
Convenient Brides (2009) (with Lindsay Armstrong and Melanie Milburne)
His Independent Bride (2010) (with Maggie Cox and Sara Craven)
Babies & Bosses Bundle (2010) (with Natalie Anderson, Tina Duncan and Kate Hardy)
The Italian's Baby of Passion (2010) (with Kim Lawrence and Susan Stephens)
Tall Dark and Italian (2010) (with Carol Marinelli and Anne Mather)
Hot-Blooded Sicilians (2011) (with Lucy Monroe and Sarah Morgan)
The Latin Lovers Collection (2011) (with Jacqueline Baird, Maggie Cox, Abby Green, India Grey, Kate Hardy, Kate Hewitt, Fiona Lowe, Melanie Milburne, Lucy Monroe, Sarah Morgan, Alison Roberts, Chantelle Shaw, Susan Stephens, Meredith Webber, Cathy Williams and Rebecca Winters)
Greek Affairs (2012) (with Amy Andrews, Sara Craven, Katherine Garbera, Abby Green, Diana Hamilton, Kate Hewitt, Julia James, Barbara McMahon, Carol Marinelli, Anne Mather, Trish Morey, Michelle Reid, Kathryn Ross, Kate Walker, Annie West and Rebecca Winters)
Claiming His Child (2012) (with Julia James and Rebecca Winters)
New Year Fireworks (2012) (with Diana Hamilton and Merline Lovelace)
Eligible Greeks: Tycoon's Revenge (2014) (with Catherine George and Chantelle Shaw)
Secret Love-Child (2014) (with Tina Duncan and Kate Walker)
Greek Mavericks: The Greek's Unforgettable Secret (2019) (with Kate Hewitt and Susan Stephens)
Mediterranean Mavericks: Greeks (2020) (with Maya Blake, Susanna Carr, Dani Collins, Jennifer Faye, Robyn Grady, Kate Hewitt, Julia Jam, Sharon Kendrick, Jennie Lucas, Tara Pammi, Michelle Smart, Susan Stephens and Cathy Williams)
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