On average, romance authors take 5 years and write 4.5 manuscripts before they get their first book contract. Despite her willingness to be the exception, journalist Karina Bliss ended up fitting that statistic almost exactly. En route, she became the first Australasian to win a Golden Heart from the Romance Writers of America.
Her debut, Mr. Imperfect, was published by Harlequin Superromance in Sept 06 and won a Romantic Book of the Year Award in Australia. She's currently writing her ninth book for Superromance.