Author of the Month: Mary Balogh
List of Balogh’s books: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/mary-balogh/
Fiction Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
I write historically accurate love stories, most of them set in Regency England, with special emphasis on a deep identification with the main characters and their developing love relationship.
Mary Jenkins Balogh was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university in 1967, she moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English on a two-year teaching contract. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name. In 1988, she retired after twenty years of teaching in order to pursue her dream of writing full-time. Since then, she has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet.
How is my name pronounced? Balogh is a Hungarian name. The a is short, the h best ignored. My husband tells people to rhyme our name with Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. I tell them that as long as people are saying my name, I don’t much care how they pronounce it!
She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.