Katie Fforde

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Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming Fforde
Born Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming
(1952-09-27) September 27, 1952 (age 64)
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
Pen name Katie Fforde
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Period 1995-Present
Genre romance
Spouse Desmond Fforde (1972-Present)
Children 3
Relatives Jane Gordon-Cumming (sister),
Sir William Gordon-Cumming (grandfather)
Website
www.katiefforde.com

Katie Fforde, née Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming (born 27 September 1952), is a British romance novelist. Published since 1995, her romance novels are set in modern-day England.

She is founder of the Katie Fforde Bursary for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract. She was for many years a committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and was elected its twenty-fifth chairman (2009–2011) and later its fourth president. In June 2010 she was announced as a patron of the UK's first National Short Story Week.[1] In 2016 she launched the Stroud Contemporary Fiction Writing Competition as part of the first Stroud Book Festival.[2]

Biography[edit]

Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born on 27 September 1952 in Wimbledon, London, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon-Cumming. Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon-Cumming.

In 1972, she married Desmond Fforde, the nephew of banker John Standish Fforde and cousin of fellow writer Jasper Fforde. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony, and did not start writing until after the birth of her third child. She writes under her married name.[3]

Fforde has lived near Stroud, Gloucestershire for over twenty years.

Many of Fforde's own experiences end up in her books. Her novel Going Dutch was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller in June 2007. She takes her research seriously. With each novel featuring different professions and backgrounds Fforde uses a 'method acting' style process using experiences such as being a porter in an auction house, making pottery, refurbishing furniture, examining the processes behind a dating website, and going on a Ray Mears survival course.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

She is the author of a number of works.[5]

Novels[edit]

  • Living Dangerously (1995)
  • The Rose Revived (1995)
  • Wild Designs (1996)
  • Stately Pursuits (1997)
  • Life Skills (1999)
  • Thyme Out (2000) aka Second Thyme Around
  • Artistic Licence (2001)
  • Highland Fling (2002)
  • Paradise Fields (2003)
  • Restoring Grace (2004)
  • Flora's Lot (2005) aka Bidding for Love
  • Practically Perfect (2006)
  • Going Dutch (2007)
  • Wedding Season (2008)
  • Love Letters (2009)
  • A Perfect Proposal (2010)
  • Summer of Love (2011)
  • The Undercover Cook (2012)
  • Recipe for Love (2012)
  • A French Affair (2013)
  • The Perfect Match (2014)
  • A Vintage Wedding (2015)
  • A Summer at Sea (2016)
  • "A Secret Garden" (2017)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Loves Me, Loves Me Not (2009)

Forewords[edit]

"Wannabe a Writer?" (Accent Press 2007) Author Jane Wenham-Jones

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katie Fforde: Patron of National Short Story Week, Nationalshortstoryweek.org.uk, retrieved 22 February 2010 
  2. ^ Katie Fforde: Contemporary Fiction Writing Competition, stroudfestival.org, retrieved 8 March 2017 
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl (12 June 2011), Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming, Thepeerage.com [unreliable source]
  4. ^ Isis Publishing, isis-publishing.co.uk, retrieved 8 March 2017 
  5. ^ Katie Fforde, Fantasticfiction.co.uk, retrieved 20 January 2010