Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Remembering Roger Sanderson, by Jennifer Taylor

We received some very sad news last week when we found out that author, Roger Sanderson, had died. For many years Roger wrote lovely, heart-warming Medical Romances under the pseudonym, Gill Sanderson.

I met Roger many years ago at the first RNA conference I attended. We had just broken for lunch when this tall, suave-looking gentleman came over to me and said, ‘I have a picture of you on my desk back in my study.’ Immediate stalker alert!

Roger laughed as I backed away and went on to explain that he had read an article about me in the Liverpool Echo. It had mentioned the fact that I had been a pupil at New Heys High School for Girls, which was what had attracted his attention. As a newly-graduated English teacher, Roger had applied for a job at the school and been granted an interview with the headmistress, the formidable Mrs Pennyquick. Nearing the end of the interview, she had pinned him with a look and asked him to tell her what exactly his interest was in teenage girls!

Now, being nervous, and having indulged in possibly a glass too many of the finest bitter the evening before, Roger had failed to come up with a suitable reply – and also failed to get the job. Every time we met after that, we used to laugh at the thought that if he had been hired then he would have been my sixth-form English teacher.

Roger was a lovely person, warm, kind and funny. He went out of his way to make everyone welcome at the various functions we all attended. I am not the only person who is going to miss him.

Jennifer Taylor.

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9 thoughts on “Remembering Roger Sanderson, by Jennifer Taylor”

  1. Jennifer, I can just imagine that conversation!
    I had the privilege of meeting Roger many times, and he always had a twinkle in his eye and a joke up his sleeve. He was always kind, always supportive, and a huge asset to the Romantic Novelists Association. He’ll be missed, I’m sure, by very many people. A sad loss.
    Caroline Anderson

  2. Roger was always so kind and funny. My best memories: running a workshop with him at an RNA conference on how to write Medical Romance; my first RNA awards do, when I felt like a rabbit in headlights and he told me a really terrible joke to put me at my ease; and the moment I won the RNA award for the first time – he asked me if I wanted him to take a pic of the winner for my blog, as he had a better view of the stage than I did. Little realising that he knew who the winner was, I gratefully passed my camera to him… And so I have a pic of the moment when the winner was announced, with me saying ‘OMG, did they say ME?’ – and he gave me the biggest hug afterwards xxx

  3. I met Roger at my first RNA conference when I really wanted to write for the medical line. I’d read many of his books and finally plucked up the courage to speak to him and found he was utterly charming. A real gent and a pleasure to chat with. Xxx

  4. What lovely stories. Living on the other side of the globe meant I never met Roger but I read and enjoyed many of his books when I was starting out as a medical author. RIP, Roger.

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