By Sue Moorcroft
I live in England, but, am the daughter of two British Army soldiers, and was born in
Germany and brought up in England, Malta and Cyprus.
You probably know that England’s part of the United Kingdom, and sometimes we consider ourselves part of Europe and sometimes we don’t, depending upon context, opinion and accuracy. England’s a small country with a big asset – its native tongue, English.
Writing in English opens up a lot of markets. My books can be distributed in the UK, US, Australia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand etc without having to be translated. OK, I may write ‘colour’ where you write ‘color’ or use S in word endings where you use Z, but that just celebrates my Britishness.
And hot heroes are hot heroes, however they're spelled.
My hot heroes and dauntless heroines have made it in all English-speaking markets, plus been translated into Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. It’s interesting how these different markets react.
It’s too early to talk about Italy, as the first book’s barely made it onto the shelves, but in Portugal I have a lot of young women following me on Facebook, and I’m thankful for that little ‘translate’ button on FB posts. Some want to read my books in English, which is widely spoken in Portugal, and I’ve written blogposts for them and sent out my usual written-in-English bookmarks.
Turkey’s different. I’ve had as many messages from male readers as female. Is it the way my books are marketed out there? Or that Turkish readers don’t need to be directed to read according to gender? Or that Turkish men like romance?
My hot hero/English village books attracted attention at the two RT Booklovers conventions I attended in the States (if you want to read the series, begin with Starting Over) and my American heroine Honor, in Love & Freedom, was popular here in the UK! I like travel, including teaching a residential course halfway up a mountain in Italy, and I’m very happy if my work travels, too.
That’s the English language for you.
Award winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary romance with occasionally unexpected themes.
The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards.
Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013.
Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its two anthologies.
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, and writing ‘how to’.
Sue’s latest book: The Wedding Proposal
Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/SueMoorcroftAuthor