© 2019 Vanda Vadas

Australia is home, although I was born in Papua New Guinea where I spent a memorable childhood.

 

At the age of eleven, an overseas holiday sparked my interest in the days of old. I remember being absolutely fascinated with Warwick Castle in England. My fingers trailed rough-hewn stone walls and I explored well-worn staircases in turrets that seemed to go on forever. Windsor Castle and the Tower of London were equally captivating.

I was intrigued by ruins dotting the countryside and woodlands littered with bluebells and daffodils. Strange sights, I thought, when I'd been accustomed to a landscape of tropical rainforest and where palm and coconut trees fringed the coast.

From England we visited Canada where I stood mesmerised watching a long parade of traditionally dressed native American Indians. To this day, one of my favourite movies is The Last of the Mohicans starring Daniel Day Lewis.

 

I've been fortunate enough to travel to many countries around the globe. Always I'm drawn to the events and people of the past be they Vikings, Medieval Knights or Caribbean Pirates.

 

The same can be said of Scotland and the Isle of Skye in learning about Highland history, Culloden and the Jacobites.

 

Apart from having read Jane Austen's novels in high school, I didn't read my first romance until I was twenty-four. I read the book in one day and wondered why it had taken me so long to discover the world of Historical Romance.

 

It wasn't until years later, when my children were settled in school, that I reacquainted myself with the romance genre. I would read on the train while commuting to work and that, you might say, was the catalyst in my dream to become a published author.

 

Research for THE PIRATE LORD and visits to the United Kingdom and Caribbean Islands inspired the creation of fictitious characters and dramas set against authentic historical and geographical backdrops.

 

THE PIRATE LORD was an Amazon Australia #1 Best Seller in Historical romance and is available for purchaseRead reviews here.

 

TREASURED LOVE is a collection of award-winning, heart-stirring romantic reads about new and life-long love. It is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree, available for purchase here.

 

My latest release is a Scottish Historical set in 1747, one year after The Battle of Culloden. THE PRODIGAL LAIRD debuted in the Top 100 Bestsellers list on Amazon (AU), iBooks (AU) and Kobo (AU). Available for purchase.

 

I began my career as a teacher in Primary, Secondary and Adult Education and have since worked as a PA in the Banking sector, and as a Recruitment Consultant.

 

My two children, of whom I'm so immensely proud, have flown the coop and are successfully making their own way in the world.

 

I'm blessed with a husband who is my real-life hero and it's from our marriage that I draw inspiration to write about romance.

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