Natasha Oakley - British Romance Author

Writer of tug-at-the-heartstrings, feel-good romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon

Friday, April 18, 2008

Lincoln Book Festival - Press Release

Janet, in the comments for the previous post wanted to know what I'm going to be doing at the Lincoln Book Festival so here's the Press Release.

The Lincoln Book Festival passionately presents…

100 Years of Romancing Readers
Celebrate 100 years of Mills & Boon with top romance authors Kate Walker, Trish Wylie, Natasha Oakley and Kate Hardy

Saturday 17th May 2008, 6.00pm, Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
On Saturday 17th May, award-winning Mills & Boon authors, Kate Walker, Trish Wylie, Natasha Oakley and Kate Hardy discuss the world of romantic fiction and what it takes to write for Mills & Boon. From first glances until happily ever after, this lively discussion, commemorating the Mills & Boon Centenary, offers participants the chance to hear from four of today’s leading romance writers…

About the 100 Years of Romancing Readers debate:
As part of the Mills & Boon Centenary celebrations, the Lincoln Book Festival presents four influential romance authors for a unique opportunity to take part in a spirited conversation that celebrates the world of romantic fiction. The evening will also include an audience Question & Answer session, along with a book signing. The event will take place from 6pm - 7.30pm on Saturday 17th May at Lincoln Drill Hall. Tickets are £5, concessions £3.
The panel will feature bestselling romantic novelists:

KATE WALKER – Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife; The Duke’s Secret Wife
TRISH WYLIE – His Mistress, His Terms; Her One and Only Valentine
NATASHA OAKLEY – Crowned: An Ordinary Girl; Wanted: White Wedding
KATE HARDY – Sold to the Highest Bidder; The Doctor’s Royal Love Child
ANDSUZY CLARKE – Mills & Boon editor

Come and join Mills & Boon for a glass of bubbly and have your say…

About the panellists:

KATE WALKER published her first novel with Mills & Boon in 1984 and hasn’t looked back. She writes for the Mills & Boon Modern line and has had over 50 books published. The second edition of her award-winning The 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance is being re-issued on 8th April 2008. For more information, visit her website and online blog at
Kate will be leading a workshop on writing romance on Saturday 17th May, 2 - 4pm in the Ruston Room at Lincoln Drill Hall.

TRISH WYLIE has always been a keen writer. Now on her 16th title, writing for the Romance and Modern Heat lines of Mills & Boon, Trish’s creative passion looks set to continue unabated. Her latest book, Claimed by the Billionaire Bad Boy, is published in May. To find out more, visit her website and online blog at

NATASHA OAKLEY began her career in the world of theatre, before turning to writing. Her first book was published by Mills & Boon in 2004 and she writes for the Romance series. Natasha’s 2007 book, The Tycoon’s Princess Bride, is short-listed for the Romance Writers of America Prize (The RITA). For more information, visit

KATE HARDY has been writing romantic fiction since 2002 and has so far produced over 25 books for the Mills & Boon’s Medical Romance and Modern Heat lines. With a passion for writing, and also for cooking, Kate often combines the two, including recipes in her stories and creating heroes and heroines with gastronomic flair. Kate’s book, Breakfast at Giovanni’s, won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Prize for Romance in February 2008. For more information, visit

About the Mills & Boon Centenary:
In 2008, Mills & Boon celebrates one hundred years of publishing history. This iconic imprint has grown to become the UK's undisputed market leader in romantic fiction publishing; a household name entrenched in the hearts and minds of its global readership.

· A Mills & Boon book is sold every 3 seconds
· 10 million Mills & Boon titles were sold in the UK last year
· 130 million Mills & Boon books are sold worldwide each year
· In 2007, 1200 unsolicited manuscripts were submitted, of which only 27 went on to be published
· Mills & Boon books are sold in 109 countries and have been translated into 26 different languages

Lincoln Book Festival:
From Friday 9th May to Sunday 18th May, Lincoln turns literary as the Lincoln Book Festival brings together authors, fans and book-lovers of all ages for 9 days of discussions, workshops, signings and chances to meet your favourite literary idols. Featured authors include Colin Dexter, Iain Banks and Steven Berkoff.
For further information, visit

Kate Hardy, Trish Wylie, Natasha Oakley and Kate Walker
are available for interview.
For further information, or to schedule an interview,
please contact:Laura Meyer at Midas Public Relations
on 020 7590 8903 or email

Don't we sound great! And we didn't even write that!!! vbg

It'll be lovely if any of you can join us.

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  • At 12:48 pm, Blogger Janet said…

    Thank you. That tells me everything I needed to know.

    "The evening will also include an audience Question & Answer session, along with a book signing."

    Will there be books on sale?

  • At 12:58 pm, Blogger Natasha Oakley said…

    I think it's going to be quite informal, Janet.

    And, they're certainly trying to get hold of books to sell. Fortunately for me, 'Wanted: White Wedding' is out in the UK shops in May. :)

    Should be fun. Lincoln is a beautiful place. Steep Hill is a tad too steep for me, though. Trish, Abby Green and I almost died I think on the way up it last time.

  • At 9:37 am, Blogger Linda said…

    Last night was brill Natasha. A big thankyou to you all. You've made me realise I'm using the kids and time as an excuse for not writing. After all I managed to squeeze it in when I was living a manic life in Oxford! So no more delaying!


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