Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 23

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Welcome to Day 23 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Mandy Baggot. Catch up with more from Mandy in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

Made in Nashville

Where is your home town?

I live in a small village called Great Durnford, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, UK. My claim to fame is that Sting is one of my near neighbours. I’m still waiting for him to come round to borrow a cup of sugar.

How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve been writing romance of some form since I was a child. I had great fun pairing my friends off with members of New Kids on the Block in my stories then! I self-published my first book, Excess All Areas in December 2008 and then gave up work to be a full-time author in 2010.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I’m a contemporary lady! I haven’t attempted anything set further back than the 2000s. I do love a bit of romantic suspense too though. The same goes for my reading – modern, sexy, lots of action.

What happened in the stage attack on Honor?

Honor Blackwood was a teenage star in Nashville – the biggest and best, the world at her feet. Then, one night, a guy got out of the audience, made it onto the stage and attacked her. She has a scar down one side of her face and the whole incident rocked her world and changed everything about her life.

Tell us about Jared Marshall.

Jared is the bad boy of country music, rocking a Southern Rock style. He’s all about the tattoos and torn jeans and bending rules. But he’s fiercely loyal, has a good heart and strong values. I’m a little bit in love with him.

Who is Dan Steele?

Dan Steele is Honor’s ex-boyfriend. They were together when Honor went through her attack. He’s also a musician.

What is the Marlon Festival?

The Marlon Festival is a fictional festival meant to resemble the annual CMA Music Festival. In my mind it’s all happening on LP Field.

What anonymous gifts has Honor been receiving?

I don’t want to spoil things for people who haven’t read the book yet but Honor starts to receive gifts from an unknown source. Is it from the man who attacked her on stage?

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Right at the moment I’m editing my tenth novel which is a contemporary romance set on Corfu. I’m also working on a short story for a charity project and novel number eleven!

Where can readers find out more about you?


I’m never far away from Twitter @mandybaggot and my website is

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