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Charlotte Nash was born in historic Lincoln, England and grew up in the sunny Redland Shire of Brisbane. Obsessed with horses and riding, she began stealing her mother's Jilly Cooper novels at the age of thirteen, and has been enthusiastic for romance ever since. Always a little unconventional, she took a meandering path to writing through careers in engineering and medicine, including stints building rockets and as an industrial accident investigator. Now she writes romantic stories, and moonlights as a creative writing PhD student, studying how narratives engage the brain. She lives in a cosy Brisbane cottage with her husband and son, and a small flock of lovable chooks.

Her contemporary love stories are published with Hachette Australia, and she has been nominated for Ditmar and Aurealis awards for her speculative fiction (for Charlotte's sci-fi and fantasy stories, click here). She teaches creative writing in some semesters at The University of Queensland and for Queensland Writers Centre.

When not writing, she loves good movies of all genres, cruising about on her Triumph, weightlifting, running, and sailing a yacht somewhere warm with palm trees. Her favourite writers are Jilly Cooper, JR Ward, Nahlini Singh, Liane Moriaty, JoJo Moyes, Neal Stephenson, Michael Crichton, Ted Chiang and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Photographer: Jen Dainer, Industrial Arc Photography