Magic and Desire
July 1, 2008
Available: July 8, 2008
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Portia Da Costa

I am an English author and I have lived and worked in West Yorkshire all my life. My present home is in a small town half way between Wakefield and Leeds. I'm a devoted cat lover and share my home with my husband and our three beloved cats, Kuffer, Alice and Mulder. In another life, I worked as a librarian, and in local government in a number of different clerical jobs.

I began writing for pleasure in 1984, and shortly after became a member of the Forum Society's Literary and Fantasy Group. I contributed regularly to the Group's Newsletter for a number of years, writing both non-fiction and fiction under the pseudonym 'J. W. Blackheart'. On leaving the group, I began writing with publication in mind - trying both the romantic and erotic genres. I had my first success in January 1991 with a short story - The Man in Black - that appeared in FORUM.

Since then, I have had twenty two erotic and erotic romance novels published, and my short stories - almost a hundred - have appeared in a variety of different erotic and women's magazines, as well as in many different anthologies and two solo collections of my own stories. In 1995 I won the Olympia Short Story Competition for my story A Day and a Night and in 1998 I won the award of Best Erotic Novel of the Year for my novel The Stranger.

Most recently, I was thrilled beyond belief my erotic romance novel Suite Seventeen won the 2007 "Romance: B(u)y the Book" Best Contemporary Erotic Romance Award".

I've also had two straight romantic novels published under the pseudonym Megan Paul.

I'm a member of the Society of Authors and I'm a former committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. I am also a member of Romance Writers of America, the RWA's Passionate Ink chapter and a former Associate of the Library Association.

Although writing takes up a large part of my time, my other interests include caring for my cats, watching television [a lot!] reading, computing and the Internet in general, email correspondence, popular science and science fiction and fantasy in all media, and listening to music. I'm also interested in health topics, fashion and beauty, and occasionally I like to take photographs, mainly of my cats.

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