USA TODAY bestselling author Maxine Sullivan credits her mother for her lifelong love of romance novels, so it was a natural progression for Maxine to want to write them. This led to more than twenty years of submitting stories to Harlequin Mills & Boon and working hard at learning her craft with each manuscript and with each rejection. Maxine still has one of those very first rejections, dated August 1986, and looks upon it as a symbol of never giving up her dream of being published.
That dream came true in 2006 when Maxine entered a writing contest on eHarlequin that led to the sale of her first book to Silhouette Desire. How fitting that the day the senior editor called was January 26—Australia Day in Maxine's country.
Maxine currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, but over the years she has traveled to New Zealand, the UK and the USA. In her own backyard, her husband's job ensured they saw the diversity of the countryside, from the tropics to the Outback, country towns to the cities. She is married to Geoff, who has proven his hero status many times over the years. They have two handsome sons and an assortment of previously abandoned animals.