I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I spent three years living and working in Japan, where I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page.
I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, but not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency, but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. All of my stories held a thread of romance, even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes. Creating unique characters and giving them happy endings is my favorite thing. I even love the voices in my head, so there’s no other job I’d rather be doing. When I got the call in September 2002 that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.
Some of the books I love:
Rememberance by Jude Deveraux
The Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey
The Pern books by Anne McCaffrey
Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Othello by William Shakespeare
The In Death books by JD Robb
Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi
Orchid, Amaryllis, Zinnia by Jayne Castle
Lady Love by Diana Palmer
Loving Evangeline by Linda Howard
Demon Moon by Meljean Brook
The Time is Short by Nerina Hilliard
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
The Chocolate books by Laura Florand
Cary Library Romance Authors in Conversation Event with Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, and Amanda Bouchet.
Australian Romance Readers Romantic Rendezvous (Locked Down) Interviews
ARRA took their conference online this year, and organized a ton of amazing interviews and panels. You can watch them for free on YouTube under the ARRLD playlist or by clicking below. I did both:
– a feature interview; and
– a paranormal romance panel with Darynda Jones and Amanda Bouchet.
AARLD feature interview – July 2020
AARLD panel interview – July 2020
The Café interview – June 2017
Newsroom Book Bubble podcast (May 2020)
BookBub (December 2019)
NewstalkZB (November 2019)
Newsroom (August 2019)
Smart Bitches Trashy Books (Podcast, July 2019)
Alyssa J. Montgomery Blog (June 2019)
Fantasy Book Cafe (April 2019)
Write With Love (August 2018)
Entertainment Weekly (June 2018)
Book Thingo (April 2018)
Harlequin Junkie (September 2017)
Nelson Mail (June 2017)
USA Today Happy Ever After Blog (June 2016)
Publishers Weekly (May 2016)
Read for Pixels Google Hangout Q & A – March 2016
Archangel’s Sun is featured in Goodreads’ “Cozy Up with November’s Most Anticipated Romances” list!
Alpha Night – Chosen as one of 38 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020 by Oprah Magazine!
Love Hard is chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in Romance (March)
Archangel’s War is one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in romance for September
New York Times & USA Today Bestseller lists 2019: Wolf Rain
Australian Romance Readers Association Award 2018:
Wolf Rain is featured as one of BookPage’s most anticipated romances of 2019!
Ocean Light – Chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in Romance (June)
Ocean Light – included in Goodreads 16 Hottest Romance Books of Spring!
Australian Romance Readers Association Award for Favourite Paranormal Romance 2016: Wild Embrace
- Allegiance of Honor – Best Paranormal Romance
- Archangel’s Heart – Best Paranormal Worldbuilding.
- Rock Wedding – Digital or Self-Published Contemporary Romance Category
- Romance, Romance Hero: Shards of Hope
- Romance Couple: Aden and Zaira in Shards of Hope
- Paranormal Romance: Archangel’s Enigma
- Contemporary Romance: Rock Hard
- Romance Heroine: Charlotte Baird from Rock Hard
- Most Tortured Romance Hero: Noah St. John in Rock Redemption
Raphael and Elena – Swoonworthiest couple of 2016 (Heroes & Heartbreakers)
BookBub Best Romance Novels of the Past Decade: Slave to Sensation
LoveLetter 2015 Awards:
- Best Author: Nalini Singh
- Best Paranormal/Fantasy: Pfade im Nebel
- Audiobook: Engelsdunkel
Australian Romance Readers Award for Favorite Paranormal Romance 2014: Shield of Winter
Romance Writers of America RITA Nomination 2014: Heart of Obsidian
Publishers Weekly Best Summer Books of 2014: Shield of Winter
Australian Romance Readers Award for Favorite Paranormal Romance 2013: Heart of Obsidian
Love Letter Awards 2014 (Germany): Favorite Author | Favorite Paranormal/Fantasy: Geheimnisvolle Berührung
Shield of Winter listed in:
– Booktopia’s Books of the Year
– Goodreads Choice Awards (Finalist)
Shield of Winter has been chosen as one of the Best Books of 2014 (Romance) by Amazon. It also made it on to the list of Kirkus’s Best Fiction Books of 2014
Rock Addiction & Shield of Winter have both been nominated in the RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Rock Addiction is in the Indie Press Contemporary category, with Shield of Winter in the Paranormal Worldbuilding category.
Spiegel Bestseller list (Germany) 2013: Geheimnisvolle Berührung (#2), Gilde der Jäger: Engelsdunkel (#7)
Der Leserpreis readers’ choice award (fantasy/science fiction category): Lockruf des Verlangens