Rural Romance Author Cathryn Hein On Her Writing Inspirations

Rural Romance Author Cathryn Hein On Her Writing Inspirations

This week in the Writing Inspirations series I’m excited to welcome Rural Romance writer, Cathryn Hein to the blog. Cathryn is well known to readers of the genre and her latest novel, The Falls, is flying off the shelves. THE FALLS by Cathryn Hein Will losing the home she loves mean finding the place she belongs? For as long as she can remember, Teagan Bliss has wanted to manage her family’s property. She’s invested everything in the farm, knowing that when her parents retire she’ll be ready to take the reins. But when a family betrayal leaves her reeling, Teagan is forced to rethink her entire future. Heartbroken, Teagan flees to her aunt’s property in the idyllic Falls Valley. Vanessa is warm and welcoming and a favourite of the locals who drop in regularly for cocktail hour. Teagan soon catches the attention of sexy local farrier Lucas Knight, and with a new job, new friends and the prospect of a new relationship, she slowly begins to open up again. But the village is a hotbed of gossip and division and when Teagan gets caught up in town politics, Lucas and Vanessa become concerned. As the tension in town escalates, Teagan must decide who to trust. But when she realises those close to her have been keeping secrets, the fallout may split Teagan apart forever. The Falls is an uplifting story of healing and hope from the author of Promises, Heart of the Valley, Heartland, and Rocking Horse Hill. *** What – or who – first inspired you to write? I’ve always written – short stories and awful poetry at...
My Novel Soundtrack, Week 1: Shake It Off, by Florence And The Machine

My Novel Soundtrack, Week 1: Shake It Off, by Florence And The Machine

Being a music lover I often find a link between my writing and certain songs, often in the mood the music creates but more frequently in the way the lyrics connect to the themes of the novel I’m working on at the time. For Close To Home I decided to formalize this process a little and created a soundtrack of songs which sum up the ideas of the novel as a whole and of each chapter in particular. So, with just over six weeks to go until release day, and with a total of sixteen chapters in the book, I’ll be revealing my soundtrack, one song at a time over the coming months. First up is a song by Florence And The Machine called Shake It Out. Without giving too much away, the main character in the novel, Charlie Anderson is faced with something of a crisis as the story begins. The lyrics of this song hint at Charlie’s dilemma. Copyright laws don’t allow me to quote too many lyrics here but I will say that Florence’s advice to ‘shake off’ the ‘devil on your back’ is something that Charlie really needs to take on board. But will she? Here’s the gorgeous film clip for your listening and viewing pleasure (my favourite image is the one of Florence walking along the tree branch towards the end): Tune in next Monday for the track to Chapter 2. Have a great week....
My Memories Of Nepal In The Aftermath Of The Devastating Earthquake

My Memories Of Nepal In The Aftermath Of The Devastating Earthquake

I’m diverting a little from my usual posts today to express my deep sorrow at the devastation in Nepal. This country has a special place in my heart and memory. It is the place that first inspired me to write a novel, Shallow Crossing, and even though that novel remains unpublished it’s the book that taught me how to write. Even if it never makes it out of the bottom drawer it will always be my favourite. The news about Nepal has brought back a lot of memories for me. My partner and I visited there in December 1991. We did what many  travellers to the country do – spent time in Kathmandu, then, using our trusty Lonely Planet guide book, visited the beautiful Pokhara region on a two week self guided trek, staying in tea houses, meeting wonderful people and attempting to take in the breath taking landscape. I say attempting to because the beauty of the place is actually indescribable. There are no words to capture the majesty of the Himalayas. I’d never understood why people would want to climb mountains until then but standing there and gazing out at those mountains I began to realise it was all about setting yourself a challenge and pushing yourself to the limit in order to get there. The other thing that struck me about Nepal was the people – the way they approached the challenges of their daily lives with such gracious acceptance. In western society we spend a great deal of time complaining about what we don’t have and all the things we have to do but in...
A Sneak Peek of My New Rural Fiction, Close To Home

A Sneak Peek of My New Rural Fiction, Close To Home

In less than three months my new book, Close To Home will be hitting the shelves so I thought now might be as good a time as any to give you a sneak peek of the gorgeous cover Hachette have created and to tell you a little about the story. So without any further ado … A captivating story that shows the only thing harder than letting go is moving on. Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life. Not that she minds – she has her work as a vet and most days that’s enough. Most days. But when she’s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a handsome local.   Travelling to Naringup means coming face to face with what is left of her dysfunctional family – her cousin Emma, who begged Charlie not to leave all those years ago, and her aunt Hazel, who let her go without a backwards glance. But it also means relying on the kindness of strangers and, when she meets local park ranger Joel Drummond, opening her heart to the possibility of something more . . . As tensions in the country town rise, can Charlie reconcile with the past and find herself a new future in the town she left so long ago? At the moment the Kindle edition of Close To Home is available for pre-order on Amazon but I’ll let...

Writers On Reading: Fiona Palmer Talks Books and Reading Habits

This week I welcome  the lovely Fiona Palmer to the blog to find out about her literary loves and inspirations. Fiona is best known for her Rural Fiction – The Family Farm, The Road Home, Heart of Gold, The Sunburnt Country and most recently The Outback Heart.     And as if that list isn’t impressive enough Fiona has a new release coming out on May 1st, her first Young Adult book, The Recruit.       The Recruit Jasmine Thomas may not be completely normal, but she’s a pretty typical seventeen-year-old girl. She hates the rich mean kids, loves her best friends, and can’t wait to get out of school each day. Her spare time is spent at The Ring, a boxing gym where she practically grew up, learning karate, boxing and street fighting. So, yeah, she can kick some major butt. Life seems pretty normal until the day Ryan Fletcher enters her gym, mysterious and hot with heaps of bad boy charm. Sure, she checks him out. Who wouldn’t? But what doesn’t show on his gorgeous abs are secrets and lies that dominate his very grown-up world. Now Jaz has to figure out just how far is she willing to go to know more. Could Ryan really be offering the life-fulfilling life path she’s always dreamed of? *     Here’s what Fiona had to say about books and her literary inspirations …   1.Which books do you most vividly remember from your childhood? How Emu lost his wings by SRA Australian Stories. It was a book from my Gran. We also had a lot of fairy...

Writers On Reading: Rural Fiction Author Charlotte Nash Talks About Her Favourite Books

I’ve had a great response to last week’s post about Rural Fiction writing in Australia – thanks to all those who dropped by, commented and shared. Kicking off my series on Rural Fiction Writers On Reading this week is my stable mate at Hachette,  Charlotte Nash.       Charlotte had huge success last year with her debut novel Ryder’s Ridge and has followed up with what I’m sure will be another winner, Iron Junction released yesterday       Iron Junction Overwhelmed by her family’s expectations, Dr Beth Harding leaves Sydney behind and takes a locum job in the mining town of Iron Junction. With tensions in the mine running high, and feeling like an outsider, Beth is soon convinced the move was a huge mistake. That is, until she meets Will, who could make the difference between her leaving or staying.  For Will Walker, working on his father’s cattle farm was never the life he wanted. Instead, he s traded a broad-brim for a hard hat and headed out to the mines. Iron Junction seems like just another gig in the long road that s taking him further from home. But in the independent, fly-in, fly-out life, he hadn’t counted on meeting Beth on an isolated Pilbara road. Finding each other forces Will to face his past, just as Beth confronts her future. With so much at stake, will they be brave enough to love each other despite everything that stands in their way? * 1. Which books do you most vividly remember from your childhood?  Black Beauty, which my father read to me. Patricia Leitch’s Jinny...