I speak from experience.
BENITA BROWN, best-selling novelist whose sagas were, and still are, loved by many. I met Benita through my husband, Brian, who had known her and her husband for some years. Their children and Brian’s son attended the same school. Norman Brown was a photographer and had photographed my husband [manager of Sir Peter Scott’s wildfowl park in Washington, North-East England] on many occasions. They became personal friends and Benita, encouraged me in my writing. She was the person who kept on insisting that I should join the Romantic Novelists Association, but I stubbornly refused as I never considered myself to be a writer of ‘love stories’. However, I finally gave in, joined the association and, with all the help and support of the many members, ended up writing my first romance and getting it published – though I sneaked in a bit of suspense. Benita was a great loss to the Association and to all her friends when she died a few years ago, but I see that her books still go on. Thank you, Benita, for giving me that very necessary push that led me to my own success.