Sometimes a girl just has to do what’s in her heart …
By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. But by night she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When Miles’s assistant covertly enters her boss’s novel in one of Australia’s biggest literary awards—and it wins—Miles’s perfectly ordered world is torn apart.
Lars Kristensen smells a rat. As the CEO of Iconic International, the company publishing Miles’s prize-winning novel, he’s determined to meet the author and uncover her true identity.
But Miles is equally determined to protect her privacy—and to keep writing—even if it means mastering pole dancing, and choreographing a love scene in the back of a horse-drawn carriage … Well, she is a romance writer, after all.
Miles has the grit to keep her secret, but Lars has the smouldering looks and arrogance of any romantic hero she has ever imagined.
Hmm. Sometimes a girl just has to turn the page …
About your book
On the Same Page is a contemporary romance, and published by Brio Books. The novel was the winner of the XO Romance Prize in 2017, and was released in paperback in Australia and New Zealand, and on Amazon worldwide, on 1 December 2018.
Penelope is a Sydney writer with a background in law. This is her third novel. Her first two novels, In at the Deep End (2017) and On the Right Track (2018) were published by Harlequin Mira.
Chatting with the Author
Q.Where did the idea for On the Same Page come from?
I wanted to explore some of the prejudices that exist around romance novels. This book was a wonderful way to look at that – the main characters are a romance writer (called Miles Franklin), and a publisher of literary fiction who falls head over heels in love with her. They both have some serious adjustments to make!
Q.Why do you write romance?
I like creating complex and interesting characters who overcome hurdles to fall in love. And I love an uplifting and happily ever after ending.
Q.Is there anything which sets On the Same Page apart from any other book in the genre?
All writers have their own voice, so that’s always a differentiator. In this novel, I was able to look at what it can mean to be a reader and a writer, and examine some of the prejudices around the romance genre. And this is all wrapped up with a romance between Lars Kristensen, a literary publisher, and Miles Franklin, a romance writer.
Q.What, if any, were the challenges you faced writing your book?
I was working full time, and the first draft was way too long. I enjoyed creating the characters so much, that I didn’t want to let them go!
Q.Tell us about your process, how do you get into a writing mindset?
Step 1: Sit down and write.
Step 2: Take a break and have faith that all the things that aren’t working in the manuscript will resolve themselves in my mind.
Step 3: Sit down and revise what I wrote in Step 1.
Q.What is the underlying theme of your book, if any?
Falling in love isn’t easy. But it is worth fighting for.
Q.Would you call your hero and/or heroine a typical romance hero and/or heroine?
Characters are complex, just like real people. My book is very much a ‘hate to love’ story, which isn’t unusual in romance novels, but to an extent there is a dual narrative in On the Same Page. As Miles writes her books, and the characters in them fall in love, she falls in love with Lars.
Q. What sets your characters apart from the characters we usually encounter in romances?
Lars is very straight laced on the outside – but falls in love with a woman who challenges a lot about what he thought he knew about himself. Miles knows what she wants from the start, a man who loves her for herself, but she has to learn to stick up for herself and the genre she loves, which she does by the end of the story.
Q.What was your inspiration for your MC?
My character Miles Franklin is smart and articulate but painfully shy. Like many independent young women, she is not prepared to settle for less than someone who loves her as she is.
Q.What kind of research did you undertake when writing?
Amongst other things, I learnt all about pole dancing! It is a very challenging sport!
Q.What was your favourite part in writing this book?
Knowing how the characters would finally resolve their differences. It’s always a relief to work that out!
Q.Besides the gorgeous cover, what about this story will draw your reader into your world?
I think there are some serious themes in the novel, about reading and writing and judgments people make about others. There’s a lot of humour as well—both the heroine and hero are forced way out of their comfort zones!
Where to buy your books
In Australia and New Zealand, in paperback (where all good books are sold, including Big W)
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