Jessica Hart

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Jessica Hart


Jessica Hart was born in Scotland, where her mother continues to live. Jessica's earliest dreams were about sitting on a sand dune in the Sahara, working in the Outback, hacking her way through a jungle or bouncing along a dusty track in a battered old Land Rover rather than writing a book. Her itchy feet took her from Afghanistan to Australia, from Algeria to Belize, and Cameroon to Indonesia, with various stops en route, and she loved it all.

Because she was always thinking about where she wanted to go next, she never quite managed a proper career. Instead she had a haphazard series of jobs around the world. Her last 'proper' job was on the foreign newsdesk of a national newspaper. Before that, she was on expedition in West Africa, cooked on an outback cattle station, taught English as a foreign language, was production assistant for a theatre company and research assistant for a publisher of restaurant guides and filled in the gaps between by working as a secretary, waitress, chambermaid and dishwasher. Regular readers will probably recognize how often she has drawn on her wide but lowly working experience for inspiration when it comes to setting and plot!

Now Jessica leads a rather more staid existence, dividing her time between city life in York and a country cottage in Wiltshire where her partner, John, lives. This involves a lot of driving up and down the motorway, which takes up a lot of time. After nine years of research, Jessica finally completed a Ph.D. on York's later medieval and early modern streets in 2004, but still never seems to have enough time to get everything done. When she's not writing romance, she is usually busy doing something connected with food (cooking, meeting friends for a drink, eating, gossiping over coffee etc) or walking her Westie, Mungo, but she also loves history and gardening and reading and travelling, and there are still times, too, when she yearns for wider horizons.

Jessica has written over 45 books for Harlequin Romance, and won the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award for the best traditional romance in 2005. In 2006, she was awarded the Romance Prize for the best category romance by the UK's Romantic Novelists' Association, and is short-listed for the same award in 2007.

Jessica Hart won the 2005 RITA in the Best Traditional Romance category for her novel Christmas Eve Marriage. She was a 2009 RITA® finalist in the RITA®: Best Contemporary Series Romance for her book Last-Minute Proposal. Jessica Hart wrote her Ph.D thesis on 'The street and the perception of public space in York, 1476-1586 '. She is also known as Pamela Hartshorne, her real name.

As an author for Harlequin Romance, Jessica Hart has published 30 novels. She wrote one title for the Silhouette Romance imprint.


Series/Related Titles

City Brides

  1. Fiance Wanted Fast! - July 2003, Harlequin Romance #3757
  2. Blind-Date Proposal, The - August 2003, Harlequin Romance #3761
  3. Whirlwind Engagement, A - September 2003, Harlequin Romance #3765

Series Contributed To

In Her Shoes


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