Deborah A Stansil

Deborah A Stansil

I have always thought of myself as a horror writer. I love the horror genre, both reading and writing it, and to be honest, it’s where I felt the most comfortable as a writer for a long time. However, as a ghost writer, I quickly learned that I needed to be able to write well in numerous genres, one of the most prevalent of them being the romance genre.

Consequently, I began to read some romance books so I could learn the tropes and how they came together. I’ll be honest. I read a lot of bad books.

Books with swooning heroines and all action hero types. Books full of insta-love and ridiculous scenarios. And my pet hate? Books full of asshole guys who no self-respecting woman would consider dating but who had the supposedly intelligent heroine eating out of his hand pretty quickly. I also read some good books I’ll admit but they’re no fun to talk about are they?

The first couple of romance book clients I picked up wanted what I call the Mills and Boon formula:

  • Girl meets boy
  • Girl hates boy but she’s super attracted to him anyway, and he is determined to have her
  • Girl momentarily forgets she hates boy and has sex with him
  • Girl goes back to hating boy (with a very good reason – remember, he’s usually an asshole)
  • Boy does one nice thing and girl forgets she ever hated him
  • Suddenly, our hero emerges. With no character development whatsoever, he is suddenly a good guy
  • They confess their love for each other and live happily ever after

Luckily, the romance clients I write for now don’t work to this formula. They want books with a real plot, real characters who develop and change. And that’s when I realised that I actually quite like writing romance books.

I realised that I don’t dislike romance as a genre. I dislike romance books with no real plot and with characters that no one could realistically root for. I do however like romance books where the heroine thinks for herself and doesn’t change her entire moral code just to bag a guy. I like romance books where the hero is realistically flawed but isn’t an asshole to everyone around him. I like romance books where the romance is a part of a bigger story.

And that’s how the idea for my latest novel, For the Love of the Law, was born. I wasn’t particularly looking to write a new novel when the idea came to me, and I certainly wasn’t looking to write a romance novel. But the idea niggled at me and it wouldn’t go away and I found myself noting down some ideas, and before I really knew it, I had a fully formed plot and I knew I had to write it.


I hope that For the Love of the Law delivers a modern love story without the clichés. I hope that it is a gripping read that has people rooting for the couple, but also wanting to know how the plot turns out. I hope that people do fall in love with the hero, but I also hope that they see him as more than just a swaggering, muscle bound guy who wants to “claim his woman”.

I hope that people see the heroine as a real character with a troubled past and trust issues and I really hope that people root for her to get past those issues and be happy. And I hope that the book is something more than a trashy read that people forget almost as soon as they close the book.

Writing this book has taken me well and truly out of my comfort zone, combining romance with the law, and more than anything, I just hope people love the characters. Below is the back cover copy for the book:

Running from her scarred past, Willow Greyson thought she would never practice the law again, and she was certain she would never allow herself to love again. She was getting by, content with her life if not completely happy, but all of that changed when she met Hunter Graham. Willow slowly begins to open herself up to the idea of love once more after she finds herself working alongside Hunter at a law firm.

Hunter Graham is determined to do whatever it takes to make Willow his, even if that means being vulnerable around her. But when a shadowy figure from Willow’s past makes an appearance, it becomes clear to Hunter that keeping the love of his life might not be so easy. Hunter must decide whether to fight for Willow, or whether to be the man who loves her enough to let her go.

Will Willow’s past destroy her relationship with Hunter, or is he truly her soul mate? Find out in For the Love of the Law, the new legal romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last page.

For the Love of the Law is out on February 1st, but it’s available for pre-order now (and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited). I hope you’ll take a look and grab your copy and I really hope you love reading the book as much as I loved writing it.

You can grab the book here (UK) or here (US).

Born in 1982 in North East England, I knew from an early age I wanted to be a writer. Life got in the way, and the dream was put on the back burner, although never forgotten. I am now a full time author and freelance writer and I write my own blogs, My Random Musings and

I have published six novels, a novella, three short story collections, four non-fiction books and a collection of funny poems.

You can find me on my personal blog, my writing blog, my Amazon author page, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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