Books Spark Joy with Barbara Hannay

Books Spark Joy with Barbara Hannay

Welcome to the latest edition of Books Spark Joy where authors talk about the books that make them sparkle and what’s on their shelves. This week’s guest is Barbara Hannay. Barbara has published over 50 books. Many of these have been set in rural and outback Australia and have been enjoyed by readers around the world. Barbara has been nominated five times for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award which she won in 2007 and she has twice won Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year award. Her most recent release is Meet Me in Venice from Penguin Australia. Over to Barbara … As we are about to move house for quite possibly the last time (the seventh time during our marriage) and as we are also downsizing to an apartment, the whole question of what to keep and what to cull currently looms large in our household. I’ve been an avid reader all my life and a professional writer for more than twenty years, so books have always been a huge part of my world. As my husband, a former journalist, is a writer, too,  there are books in every room in our house – yes, even a few hanging out in the bathrooms. We’ve already had one huge cull, carting hundreds of books off to secondhand shops, the local library and nursing home, but rather than another reduction, we’re planning as much bookshelf space as possible for our new home. A reality check is quite possible. I will never forget the first “big”book I read, Seven Little Australians. I was seven or eight years old  at the time...
Inspirations: Women’s Fiction Author Monique McDonell Talks About Who And What Inspires Her Writing

Inspirations: Women’s Fiction Author Monique McDonell Talks About Who And What Inspires Her Writing

This week on the blog I welcome the lovely Monique McDonell, my long time writing partner and a prolific author of contemporary women’s fiction. Monique has written five stand-alone romantic comedies and three books in the Upper Crust Series: Any Way You Slice It, Any Way You Dream It and Any Way You Fight It, her most recent release.     Any Way You Fight It Matchmaking came easily for Cherie . . . unless she was matching herself. A successful realtor, Cherie could sell a piece of property with ease, she could match up her friends with their perfect mates, but she couldn’t seem to find love for herself. Heck, even her seventy-five-year-old Nona was dating again! Cherie had the perfect love once, or so she had thought. But that was a long time ago, and yet, Luke was the standard by which she measured all potential mates. After matching her two best friends and watching them live their happily ever afters, Cherie decides it’s time to make a change and get back in the game. Now all she needs to do is balance what she wants (a Luke-alike) with the demands of her crazy Italian family (a good, Catholic Italian boy). Just when she is ready to shake off her past and move forward, her past walks through the door of her favorite local pub with her best friends. Luke is back, looks better than ever, and still has eyes for Cherie. And Cherie can’t control the heat she still has for him. But as with most long-lost loves, he has a past as well, and that past...
Romance Author Susanne Bellamy on What – And Who – Inspires Her To Write

Romance Author Susanne Bellamy on What – And Who – Inspires Her To Write

Today I welcome Romance author Susanne Bellamy to Flying Pony. Born and raised in Toowoomba, Susanne is an Australian author of contemporary and suspense romances set in exciting and often exotic locations, and rural romance set in Australia. She adores travel with her husband, both at home and overseas, and weaves stories around the settings and people she encounters. One Night in Sorrento almost wrote itself after her travels in Italy, and her rural romance, Second Chance Love, was inspired by a stint teaching in far north-west Queensland.     Her heroes have to be pretty special to live up to her real life hero. He saved her life then married her. They live on the edge of bush land on a mountain in beautiful sunny Queensland, Australia, with their dog.    When Claire Swenson inherits her great-aunt’s home and returns to Bindarra Creek as town librarian, Angus McGregor is the first person she meets.    The second is his eleven-year old son. Just because Angus wants a second chance doesn’t mean that Claire will put aside her determination not to commit to a relationship.   No matter how sexy he is, or how well they work together as they fight for the community and to save Angus’ property.   Can he convince Claire that love is sweeter the second time around? *   What – or who – first inspired you to write? My husband was away on one of his trips to Nepal. We’d been chatting about how cold it was, and I was missing him and wondering how to fill my evenings when a kernel of a story idea insinuated...
Writing Inspirations: Who and What Inspires Rural Romance Author Jennie Jones

Writing Inspirations: Who and What Inspires Rural Romance Author Jennie Jones

This week on Writing Inspirations I welcome the lovely Jennie Jones. Jennie and I met a couple of years ago at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference and share a love of writing, good wine and horses.     Jennie writes Rural Romance and her latest novel, The House At the End Of The Street (released August 1st) is rocketing up the book charts.       Bestselling Jennie Jones takes us back to Swallow’s Fall: Gemma has a burning need to stay and make a home. All Josh has ever wanted is to get out. Now he has the chance, and all he needs to do is tie up a few loose ends…  Gemma Munroe loves hard, laughs hard and plays hard. Or at least she did before today. Her dream is finally within her grasp – owning the toy shop in Swallow’s Fall and establishing herself permanently. Only one person has the power to get in her way: Josh Rutherford – the love of her life who kissed her and left her ten years ago is coming home. Josh will be in town for only five days. He’ll finally sever the ties to a youth filled with poverty by selling the properties that are now his. He’s returning healthy, wealthy and emotionally stable, and then he’ll leave forever. It’s all in the plan. Except for Gem. He never forgot her, but he definitely forgot the effect she has on him. Now she’s got problems, and he can’t seem to leave without trying to help her solve them. The town itself has its own plans: Gemma and Josh...
Writing Inspirations – Indie Author Kim Cleary Talks About What Inspires Her

Writing Inspirations – Indie Author Kim Cleary Talks About What Inspires Her

Today I welcome Kim Cleary to the blog to chat about where she finds the inspiration to write. Kim writes urban fantasy for anyone who longs to discover they are extraordinary. She writes about hopefulness and determination, and about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Magical friends and gorgeous guys help, or hinder, in one adventure after another. All sounds pretty good to me! * Thank you so much Pamela for having me on your blog. I’ve really enjoyed thinking and talking about what has inspired me to write, and in particular to talk about my inspiration for the series I’m working on now: Daughter of Ravenswood What – or who – first inspired you to write? My very first story was inspired by Ratty and Mole, and their adventures in Wind in the Willows. I wrote a short piece of fan-fiction at age seven, my English teacher asked me to read it aloud to the class and I was in heaven! Is there a place and time of day when you feel most inspired? Normally I work best in the morning. But I tend to work for short periods, collapse with fatigue and rest, then try and work a bit more! Like a lot of other writers, I get ideas, snippets of conversation, an emotion or setting, that feels brilliant at 4 AM in the morning. I always go to bed with my iPad so I can record anything that comes to mind–even if a lot of the thoughts don’t look quite as brilliant in the light of day. When you’re feeling uninspired...

Writers On Reading: Tricia Stringer Talks About Her favourite Books and Characters

This week I welcome to the blog, Rural Romance author Tricia Stringer. Tricia published her first rural romance via Print on Demand back in 2004 before it was a recognized genre. Since then she self-published two more titles before Harlequin Australia accepted her book, Queen of the Road. It was an exciting debut with Harlequin, going on to win RWAs Romantic Book of the Year in 2013 and also being listed in Get Reading’s 50 Books You Can’t Put Down campaign. In 2014 her second book with Harlequin, Right as Rain was published . Tricia grew up on a farm and lives in rural South Australia where she loves to write stories of country life. Her next book, Riverboat Point will be out this December.       Mack’s determined to do what’s right for her father…but will she choose what’s right for herself? Mackenna Birch returns to the family farm in Australia to find her beloved father unwell and her scheming younger brother home from the city, showing a great interest in taking over the business. Mack longs to make big changes to the farm — changes her father has approved. But with her dad’s ailing health, all her plans have been put on hold. Mack finds herself turning to Hugh — her old friend and neighbour — as her confidant. Then, out of the blue, Adam, her holiday romance, turns up. Mack has to juggle some tough decisions and try to make those around her happy. But can she find the balance and have her own ever-after? Thanks for visiting Flying Pony Tricia and all the best...