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Welcome to 2019 and a post celebrating our most recent awesome, author interviews.

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Melanie and Michelle.

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Joanne Dannon

Why do you write romance?

Because I love it J

Available in the Romancing the Holidays 3 set and also on its own. But best to buy the Romancing the Holidays set, which features 10 wonderful romances for only 99c. Don’t forget, Kindle Unlimited readers can read for free – hooray!

 

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Nicole Flockton

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

In my latest release “Christmas in Ghost Gum Springs” Diana, is a fish out of water looking for a new adventure. She’s travelled from small town Montana USA, where her Christmases stopped being Christmas when she turned thirteen, to hot sunny Australia. Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere when her car breaks down isn’t in her holiday plan.

Connor is a lover of all things Christmas, like ridiculously so, and rescues Diana, bringing her to the one place she doesn’t want to be—a small town. He is determined to show her that Christmas is a special time and no one should spend the day alone.

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M.J. Patrick

Where did the idea for your book come from?
This time the story is personal. I never imagined that I’d become ‘the black sheep.’ My mother will not leave me a forwarding address when she moves. She’s broke off I went in search of reasons as to how parents can turn their backs on their children. I also wanted to share that one can leave a cult, leave teachings that were drummed into their heads as little children and come out okay on the other side.
  • Where to buy your book: Veiled Horizons isn’t out yet. I’ll wait for six months or so to see if an agent is interested. If not, I’ll publish it myself July 2019.

 

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Leanne Lovegrove

 

Which writers influence/inspire me?

Kate Morton. She’s my absolute favourite author and I’m just in awe at how she tells her stories. I also love Hannah Richell and those are the authors I will turn to when I need to get lost in a book or to be inspired by great writing.

However, on a more local level, as a member of the RWA, I am truly inspired by all the writers I’ve met through that association and the support and guidance they’ve offered to me.

Where can we find you!?

Where to find me on my website: leannelovegroveauthor.com
Facebook – Leanne Lovegrove – Author
Instagram – leannelovegroveauthor

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Tea Cooper

What is the underlying theme of your book, if any?

The Woman in the Green Dress tells the story of a quest … the search for the first opal found in Australia but also of personal quests for happiness and belonging.

Where to buy your book:

The Woman in the Green Dress releases on December 17th 2018 in print, audio and e-book. Print will be available in Big W, Target, Kmart and most independent bookshops or on line.

 

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Harper Collinshttps://bit.ly/2pegfN3

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xnyQd6

iBooks: https://apple.co/2xh18GV

Booktopia: https://bit.ly/2MDFL7D

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2xjsNHe

 

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7 Fantastic Writers who will make YOU want more – Part 3

Awesome Bookbabers!

Find Below 7 of our 2018 authors and their stunning books.

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Merry Christmas and may 2019 rock your world!

love and blessings from

Melanie and Michelle.

Melanie Page

Q. What was your inspiration for your Main Character?

Oh definitely me. I would love to go live in medieval France for a while. But I never had that freedom to travel… I married young and had babies. I don’t regret it… they turned out pretty well… but the backpacking and other experiences that so many people take for granted, I can only imagine. So I did.

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Sarah Gribble

Q. The book that made you fall in love with the genre you write?

I don’t have a specific one! I loved Poe and R.L. Stine when I was young, but there isn’t one book or story that did it for me. I’d say I’ve fallen back in love with horror again and again throughout my life. I’ve never really left it, but as with any long-term relationship, things can get stale every so often. Then there comes a book you can’t put down, that you read slower so it doesn’t end as quickly. In horror, the books that stick with me for weeks and make everyday things seem suddenly malignant, the ones that can get my heart beating a little faster, those are the books that make me fall again. Then I get jealous that I didn’t write it, have a little pout about that, then go write.

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Wendy Davies

Q.What kind of research did you undertake when writing?

Ah, this is where I tell you all about that fantastic pub crawl I did through every country hotel in Victoria, putting it all down to research, right? It’s where I talk about all the renovation sites and magazines I devoured. How I worked in a country hotel for a whole day, pulling beers, just so I knew what I was talking about.

I wish I had done all of that. But I didn’t.

I read books. I watched Landline, I lurked around the fringes of country reporting. I looked up hotel licencing requirements online. I researched wills and what you’d need to do if you wanted to contest one. I undertook more than a few online writing courses, figuring out character development, how to craft the perfect ending, and how to pitch my story to potential publishers and agents. Oh, and I broke my ankle while I was rewriting this story, so what Zach experiences when he breaks his ankle is definitely “real”, albeit more glossed over than the actual, lived experience I went through.

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Heidi Kneale

Q.Why do you write romance?

Two reasons: its feminist leanings and the HEA. I love how the heroines in Romance know what they want and will do what it takes to get it, but they are not ridiculed or shamed for wanting what they want. And in the end, not only do they get it but are supported in their triumph. While much of the world may look upon Romance as mindless fluff, I find it rather empowering. I love HEAs because of their optimisticnature. It’s as if they reassure us that good and love and joyful things can triumph in the world.”

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Ruthanne Reid

Q. What authors did you dislike at first, but grew into?

Madeleine L’Engle. I should explain this.

I grew up in the woods, home-schooled, fairly isolated; my parents meant well, but yowza, it was a tree-filled bubble. The only books I had access to were very old; the most recent were publications from the 70s, like edition-number-whatever of LORD OF THE RINGS. The rest were delightful but Deeply Eurocentered books like the Junior Classics Library (I believe this was volume 3) and sweet but kiiiiiinda-racist books like CHI-WEE: THE ADVENTURES OF A LITTLE INDIAN GIRL.

As a result, I had zero exposure to where publishing was actually going – and when I tried to pick up something “modern,” I recoiled in horror. What was this bizarre modernity? First-person perspective? Flawed protagonists? Intentionally bad grammar?
Yeah, for a while, I lost my mind over it, and hated everything written past 1940. But that didn’t last.

What changed it all for me was actually a Dracula book. I loved DRACULA with all my heart, and was starving for more… and one day, at a neighbour’s yard sale, I stumbled across Fred Saberhagen’s DRACULA series.

I wanted vampires enough that I pushed past my weird standards, and once I did, found I didn’t actually want those standards anymore. From there, I moved on to L’Engle (thanks to a church yard sale), Stephen King (purchased on the sly in a train station), and Steven Brust (supplied by a wonderful friend), and finally, I never looked back.

Today, I am an absolute urban fantasy gourmand – something ten-year-old-me would have found Quite Distasteful, Indeed.

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Sasha Cottman

Q.Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I write what I want to read. I think as an author you have a contract with your readers. They want consistency from you. People want the same, but at the same time different. That’s why writing a long series such as The Duke of Strathmore suits me. When I am finished this series is going to be 20 odd books. I love reading those sorts of series.

If you would like more info on Sasha’s writing or would like to get in touch with her, you can find hee HERE!

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Fiona Marsen

Q.What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

It’s perhaps more a case of what literary pilgrimages I would like to go on. One of the big appeals to me in reading is the armchair travel. Which is probably why I was never as interested in Australian authors in my teens. I want to visit Britain for the history and places I’ve heard of, New Zealand because of the descriptions by romance author Essie Summers, and Prince Edward Island because of Anne of Green Gables.

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THE WOMAN IN THE GREEN DRESS

1853 Mogo Creek, NSW

Della Atterton, bereft at the loss of her parents, is holed up in the place she loves best: the beautiful Hawkesbury in New South Wales.

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I began my career as a school teacher and then followed my passion into the entertainment industry as a professional choreographer, director and dancer, strutting my stuff across stage and screen.

Morphing into a stress and life skills therapist, motivational speaker, business consultant, radio & television celebrity, known as the Goddess of Love and a business owner; I find myself now inspired to return to two of my childhood loves; storytelling and writing.

I came to writing late, as there were so many other adventures in life I wanted to experience first. But at last, here I am. I also present workshops and speaking engagements on life, love and writing. Continue reading “Retribution – An Interview with Author Diane Demetre”

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Sonia is a writer of contemporary romance and spends most of her time dreaming up stories about couples and their road to finding love – most times bumpy but always a lot of fun!

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