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Kate Walker

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Kate Walker was born on 1950 in Nottinghamshire, England, but her familymoved to West Yorkshire when she was just 18 months old, and she has alwaysregarded Yorkshire as home. She was the middle child in a family of fivegirls, growing up in a home where books were vitally important, and she readanything she could get her hands on. Even before she could write she wasmaking up stories. At the age of four she was telling the tale of The ThreeLittle Raindrops Drippy, Droppy, and Droopy to her two younger sisters. Shecan't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling away at something, andwrote her first "book" when she was 11.

But everyone told her that she would never make a living as a writer, andthat she should work toward a more secure career. So she decided that if shecouldn't write books, at least she could work with them, and settled forbecoming a librarian. On leaving school she went to the University Collegeof Wales, Aberystwyth to study English and librarianship. While there, shemet her husband, who was also studying at the college. They married andmoved back north, eventually settling in Lincolnshire, where she worked as achildren's librarian until her son was born.

After three years of being a full-time housewife and mother she was readyfor a new challenge, but needed something she could do at home, so sheturned to her old love of writing. Her first attempts at writing novels weredone at the kitchen table, often working late into the night when her sonwas asleep, or during a few snatched hours while he was out at nurseryschool. The first two novels she sent off to Mills & Boon were rejected, butthe third attempt was successful. She can still remember the moment that aletter of acceptance arrived instead of the rejection slip she had beendreading. She must have read that letter over and over a hundred timesbefore what it said sank in, and for days she kept checking it just to makesure she hadn't been dreaming. But the moment she really realised that shewas a published writer was when copies of her first book, The Chalk Line,arrived just in time to be one of her best Christmas presents ever.

Kate is often asked if she's a romantic person because she writes romances.Her answer is that if being romantic means caring about other people enoughto make that extra special effort for them, then, yes, she is. Romance isabout making the important people in your life feel valued and letting themknow that you care. But she also writes about relationships and thedifficulties people sometimes have in understanding each other, orexpressing their feelings, or overcoming problems. Sometimes, when the rightwords won't come, or an idea hasn't worked out as she thought, she wonderswhy she doesn't have a regular nine-to-five job but only sometimes. When thestory's flowing and the characters come alive, she really can't imaginedoing anything else. And there's a tremendous satisfaction in knowing thatshe's doing what she always dreamed of and proving wrong all those peoplewho said she would never make a successful career out of her writing.

During her working hours, her four cats, all adopted from the RSPCA, keepher company in her study, though they have to be dissuaded from sitting onthe piles of papers that they are convinced are there just for theirbenefit. Fitting in hobbies around writing and being a wife and mother canbe difficult, but Kate always finds time to read. She loves all sorts offiction, especially romance, obviously, but she also enjoys historicalnovels, detective fiction, and long, absorbing biographies, and she canspend hours in bookshops, just browsing. Kate loves to hear from herfans. Kate says "I've watched my books go out into the shops, not just herein the UK where I lives but in so many countries all over the world and I'vebeen thrilled to think that so many readers, of all colours, creeds andraces, have bought and enjoyed the stories that I've told, sympathised withmy heroines and fallen in love with my heroes. I've been sent copies of mybooks in so many different styles and different languages and known thatthey've gone out to places I'll never see, to be read by so many peoplethat, sadly, I'll never meet. But we will always share that special linkbecause of my books."

Genres: Romance
   Society Weddings (2002) (with Sharon Kendrick)
   Her Greek Tycoon (2003) (with Jacqueline Baird and Lynne Graham)
   His Secret Baby (2004) (with Robyn Donald and Miranda Lee)
   A Convenient Proposal (2004) (with Helen Bianchin and Lucy Gordon)
   The Midnight Hour (2004) (with Lilian Darcy and Kate Hoffmann)
   Virgin Brides (2005) (with Sharon Kendrick and Miranda Lee)
   In the Sheikh's Bed (2005) (with Sharon Kendrick and Michelle Reid)
   Christmas, Kids and Kisses (2006) (with Diana Hamilton and Renee Roszel)
   Bound by a Baby (2007) (with Catherine Spencer and Rebecca Winters)
   Mistress Material (2007) (with Daphne Clair and Lucy Monroe)
   One-Click Buy: November 2007 Harlequin Presents (2007) (with Emma Darcy, Trish Morey, Chantelle Shaw, Susan Stephens and Cathy Williams)
   Secret Babies Bundle (2007) (with Carole Mortimer and Catherine Spencer)
   Just the Three of Us (2008) (with Lucy Gordon and Meredith Webber)
   One-Click Buy: June 2008 Harlequin Presents (2008) (with Jacqueline Baird, Emma Darcy, Diana Hamilton, Sharon Kendrick and Natalie Rivers)
   One-Click Buy: November Harlequin Presents (2008) (with Emma Darcy, Robyn Donald, Sharon Kendrick, Sandra Marton and Anne Mather)
   One-Click Buy: February 2009 Harlequin Presents (2009) (with Lynne Graham, Kate Hewitt, Kim Lawrence, Sarah Morgan and Carole Mortimer)
   Love-Slave to the Sheikh / Traded to the Sheikh / At the Sheikh's Command (2009) (with Emma Darcy and Miranda Lee)
   Chosen by the Greek Tycoon (2009) (with Susan Stephens and Cathy Williams)
   Dark Nights With a Billionaire Bundle (2009) (with Janette Kenny, Carole Mortimer and Lee Wilkinson)
   Blogger Bundle Volume II (2009) (with Anne McAllister, Margaret Mayo and Michelle Reid)
   Mistresses: Blackmailed With Diamonds / Shackled with Rubies (2010) (with Robyn Donald, Lucy Gordon, Lucy Monroe, Sarah Morgan and Lee Wilkinson)
   Marriage and Babies Bundle (2010) (with Maggie Cox, Margaret Mayo and Lee Wilkinson)
   Claimed by the Sicilian (2010)
   The Italian's Baby Bargain (2010) (with Kim Lawrence and Trish Morey)
   Mediterranean Tycoons (2011) (with Sarah Morgan and Michelle Reid)
   One Night In... (2011) (with Maggie Cox, Olivia Gates, India Grey, Kate Hewitt, Jennie Lucas, Anne Mather, Sarah Morgan, Michelle Reid and Chantelle Shaw)
   One Night in Madrid (2011) (with Jennie Lucas and Chantelle Shaw)
   His Suitable Bride (2012) (with Abby Green and Cathy Williams)
   A Throne for the Taking / A Greek Escape (2013) (with Elizabeth Power)
   Eligible Greeks: Sizzling Affairs (2014) (with Robyn Donald and Sabrina Philips)
   The Heartbreaker Prince / A Question of Honour (2014) (with Kim Lawrence)
     aka A Question of Honour
   Harlequin Presents June 2014 (2014) (with Lynne Graham, Abby Green and Kim Lawrence)
   Secret Love-Child (2014) (with Tina Duncan and Catherine Spencer)
   By Request Collection (2015) (with Natalie Anderson, Helen Brooks, Aimee Carson, Maureen Child, Maggie Cox, Lilian Darcy, Christina Hollis, Kimberly Lang, Day Leclaire, Marion Lennox, Sarah Mayberry, Melanie Milburne, Sarah Morgan, Elizabeth Power and Heidi Rice)
   His Revenge Seduction (2015) (with Melanie Milburne and Elizabeth Power)
   By Request Collection Part 2 (2015) (with Natalie Anderson, Maureen Child, Kathie DeNosky, Sarah Mayberry, Susan Meier, Melanie Milburne, Elizabeth Power, Tessa Radley and Chantelle Shaw)
   Harlequin Presents April 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2 (2015) (with Kate Hewitt, Sharon Kendrick and Maisey Yates)
   Modern Romance April 2015 Books 1-8 (2015) (with Lynne Graham, Jennifer Hayward, Sharon Kendrick, Jennifer Rae, Susan Stephens, Annie West and Maisey Yates)
   Destined for the Desert King / Christmas at the Chatsfield (2015) (with Maisey Yates)
   The Innocent's Sinful Craving / Destined for the Desert King (2015) (with Sara Craven)
   Harlequin Presents December 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2015) (with Carol Marinelli and Melanie Milburne)
   Modern Romance December 2015 Books 5-8 (2015) (with Lucy Ellis, Melanie Milburne and Michelle Smart)
   The Best Of The Year (2016) (with Karin Baine, Tina Beckett, Amalie Berlin, Maya Blake, Caitlin Crews, Louisa George, Robin Gianna, Lynne Graham, Abby Green, Susanne Hampton, Sharon Kendrick, Marion Lennox, Fiona Lowe, Carol Marinelli, Melanie Milburne, Michelle Smart, Susan Stephens, Jennifer Taylor, Annie West, Cathy Williams, Scarlet Wilson and Maisey Yates)
   The Best Of The Year - Modern Romance (2016) (with Maya Blake, Caitlin Crews, Lynne Graham, Abby Green, Sharon Kendrick, Michelle Smart, Annie West, Cathy Williams and Maisey Yates)
   Claiming His Princess (2016) (with Michelle Conder and Victoria Parker)
   Harlequin Presents October 2016 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2016) (with Maya Blake, Caitlin Crews and Jennie Lucas)
   Modern Romance October 2016 Books 5-8 (2016) (with Maya Blake, Abby Green, Kim Lawrence and Jennifer Taylor)
   Harlequin Presents February 2018 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2018) (with Lucy Ellis, Lynne Graham and Tara Pammi)
   Modern Romance Collection: February 2018 Books 5 - 8 (2018) (with Lucy Ellis, Kelly Hunter and Tara Pammi)
   The Revenge Collection 2018 (2018) (with Maya Blake, Kat Cantrell, Caitlin Crews, Lynne Graham, Kate Hewitt, Nina Milne, Chantelle Shaw, Michelle Smart and Cathy Williams)
   Ruthless Revenge: Sinful Seduction (2018) (with Kate Hewitt and Nina Milne)
   One Desert Night (2018) (with Michelle Conder and Rachael Thomas)
   Sleeping With The Enemy (2019) (with Lynn Raye Harris and Annie West)
   Spanish Scandals: Heat Of The Night (2020) (with Maya Blake, Kim Lawrence, Catherine Mann and Carol Marinelli)