Multi-published author Paula Altenburg grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was likely to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn’t going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother. A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, confirmed that writing was the most logical career path for her.
She’s worked in the Aerospace and Defense industry, which surprises everyone who knows her. She writes because she can’t keep a secret, and getting to pass everything off as fiction makes a good compromise. Happily married, with two terrific sons, she continues to live in rural Nova Scotia but makes a point of traveling as much as she can.
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I can’t believe I started this business in 2000, or that it’s already been 17 years!
Don’t bother trying to guess how old I am….
I sold my first book to New York in 2009. Since then, I’ve written for three different publishers, as well as self-publishing my Spy Games series. I never wanted to be a writer. It looked like a lot of hard work, and it is. Oddly enough, however, to counteract my lazy streak, I also have a relentless inability to give up. I’m finishing my 16th book and I have a spreadsheet filled with my writing schedule right up until 2022.
Contradictions. I’m full of them.
I write full time now, but it wasn’t always the case. I spent a number of years working in the aerospace and defense industry. I loved it. On the surface, it doesn’t sound very exciting or interesting, but everyone has stories to tell, and retired veterans were always so fascinating to me. I also worked briefly in international marketing, researching Canada’s practices for doing business with foreign countries. Again, that can make for some interesting story set-ups.
I currently write short contemporary romance. Next year, I plan to add dystopian fantasy/SF into the mix. Apparently, I have a romantic side to counteract my bloodthirstiness. My husband claims it explains a lot.
Her Spy to Have is the first book in the Spy Games series and isn’t bloodthirsty at all. It’s about spies, international politics, and the politics of spying, and I like to think it’s both clever and romantic. I’ve taken my past career in aerospace, my intrinsic nosiness, and used my knowledge of how government and contractors interact, and voila.
Trust me, there’s instant conflict built right into that.
There are four books in the series and they complete the current storyline. Next year, I begin the second part to the series. Each book will have its own romance and adventure. There might be violence involved. It depends on how much of it I work out of my system while I write the dystopian fantasy that’s next up on my schedule.
The games are about to begin.
Au pair and ex-pat Isabelle Beausejour has been living abroad for most of her twenty-four years, traveling the world with her irresponsible father. When Isabelle finds herself stranded in Bangkok, with no job, no money, and nowhere to turn, she soon becomes desperate.
Intelligence officer Garrett Downing is on the hunt for military goods that have gone missing. Instead, he finds himself coming to the aid of a young woman with more resourcefulness than common sense.
Isabelle has no choice but to accept a stranger’s help in getting home. Once there, however, as enemies turn into lovers, it soon becomes a game of keeping secrets. Garrett is more than he seems. Isabelle knows more than she’s willing to admit. Will she choose loyalty to her father over the love of a man who tells lies for a living?
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