Abby Green was born in London, but soon afterwards moved back to her mother's native Dublin. She grew up there, going to boarding school just outside the city. As an only child, her love of books came early, and she read everything from Enid Blyton to George Orwell voraciously.While on school holidays one year in her early teens, she discovered a Mills & Boon romance novel. The rest is history. Back in school, she would speed read the requisite reading-Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations-to allow time to squeeze in a couple of Mills & Boon books a week!As time marched on, studying for exams and looking for work took time away from her romance books, although she'd always manage to make a dash into a bookshop and stock up when she could.After final school exams, and on receiving a place in Sussex University to do social anthropology, Abby took a year out to make some money. In that year, completely by chance, she got a job as an assistant director on a short film. By the time the year was up and she was due to take her place in college, she was working on Braveheart! So another year was deferred... then another... then another. College fell by the wayside and she pursued a career in film and TV in Ireland. She's very lucky to have had the opportunity to experience working abroad over the years on different films in Malaysia, Slovakia and Namibia.But the long hours and very unglamorous work began to take their toll after a decade! Her love for Mills & Boon books reared its head again. On the advice of a flatmate who often talked about trying to write a romance novel, Abby saw her chance to take another path.After noting the requirements for sending a submission to Mills & Boon in London, she sat down and set to work. Even though her career didn't happen straight away and with one rejection before her acceptance, writing for the Modern/Presents line of Harlequin Mills & Boon felt so familiar it was almost uncanny!To have been accepted and now published for the iconic Mills & Boon brand is a dream come true, and she hopes that you enjoy her books as much as she enjoys writing them! You can contact Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org It was after I read my first romance novel when I was seventeen that I decided on two things: I was going to be a romance writer and I was going to marry a Harlequin Mills and Boon hero. For years I had planned to be a nurse but after fainting in the operating theatre whilst I was on work experience I had to do a quick change to teacher training instead. Much less blood, or so I thought! And the hero I hear you ask? He came along when I was least expecting it and swept me off my feet in two dates. I'd known him for years as he was a friend of my older brother's but I'd always thought him a bit shy and boring. It's the strong silent types you have to watch out for! We have two sons who did a very good job of turning me off the idea of ever teaching again even though I have a Masters Degree in Education. Instead, I decided I would finally do what I'd been promising to do for years - write a romance novel. As soon as my fingertips hit those computer keys, I felt as if I had finally found my niche, and even though I subsequently received a couple of rejections I wasn't discouraged but soldiered on. The next year I came second in The Emma Darcy Award in Australia, and after another three rejections sold my first Presents/Modern novel in February 2003, and became the first not previously published Australian author in ten years to be contracted to Harlequin Mills & Boon Presents/Modern in London. I have also written a few novels for HMB Medicals as well as the Presents/Modern line so that work experience all those years ago didn't exactly go to waste. I didn't learn to swim until I was an adult- I almost drowned at the age of six at my first swimming lesson so overcoming that fear was a huge turning point in my life. I went on to become a nationally ranked Masters swimmer and held a few records for a time. I only swim for fun and fitness now, but I've since applied that same principle to anything I am feeling hesitant about, my credo is: "don't say I can't - say I can try. As well as the occasional swim, I enjoy long walks and of course reading. I I love biographies, the classics, thrillers, philosophy and anything with a happy ending. Since I can't walk or swim with a book in my hand I usually have a book in my head, which makes my time in front of the computer so much more efficient as it all comes flowing out as if I'd just been speaking with the characters. I am passionate about the rights and needs of children and I am an ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation. I am also a devoted dog owner and cat concierge! I hope by writing happy fulfilling stories I can do my bit to change the world even from my small corner in beautiful Tasmania. My favourite quote: "Books, the children of the brain." Jonathan Swift "A Tale of A Tub" (1704) To find out more, visit Melanie on her website. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.