I’m Kiley Dunbar, a Scottish, working class author of romantic fiction. I have two kids, one Bedlington and I live in England with my husband of twenty two (!) years.
Publishing romantic fiction felt like nothing but a dream right up until I turned forty in 2019. That’s when my debut novel, One Summer’s Night, was released by the fabulous Hera Books (and was a Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers finalist). Before that I’d poured all my writing mojo into a doctorate and an academic career, but a campus closure and impending redundancy gave me the push I needed to start dreaming of telling the love stories I’d wanted to write for years. I have published nine novels including my bestselling The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday. You can buy my books here.
I love reading romance, always have. Jenny Colgan is an especial favourite of mine and books with Happy Ever Afters have always been there for me right when I needed them. I’m fortunate to teach creative writing at Manchester Writing School where I contribute to programmes with romantic fiction specialisms.
If you’d like me to run a workshop for your creative writing group or library or appraise your romance manuscript drop me a line here.
In 2023 I am hosting my own romance writing course. Come and write your novel with me. I have big plans for 2024 for a romance writing video series with Patreon. More details coming December 2023.
I hope you enjoy reading my escapist, travel romances. I love taking a destination close to my heart and adding a wee bit of drama, magic and romance to really make it my own.