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Lily Malone – Portrait of an Author (w/ giveaway)

Welcome to my fun Q&A where you’ll discover new things about some of our favourite authors. I’m delighted to welcome my good friend (funny, very talented and multi-published), Lily Malone, to a blog series that celebrates another art form (as my new novel is a love story about a sitter and an artist!!)

 Let’s start, Lily …

Q: As pose and composition are important factors for a portrait, choose what kind of ‘look’ would you like for your portrait.

  • On a chaise lounge (Kate Winslet/Titanic style)
  • Fully clothed in a rocker (Whistler’s Mother style)
  • A close up of your face (Girl with the Pearl Earring style/Mona Lisa)
  • In all your formal finery befitting your ‘authorly’ status (Regal style)
  • Other

I’d like something a bit more glamorous thank you very much, because everyone thinks of glamour when they think of me, (they do, don’t they, Jenn?) thinking Reese Witherspoon/Nicole Kidman red carpet at Big Little Lies premier-style.

Q: *Snap* I just took your photo as a reference for my portrait of you. Tell us where you are and what you’re wearing. (Be honest.)

I’m at my computer desk. Wearing socks. Black leggings (I’ve just been for a walk) and a long sleeved pink sloppy shirt. Oh, and a wrist brace because I’m an author and I type too much! (I also have my hair in pigtails. Don’t tell anyone!)

Q: Given a choice, what precious item would you want to be included in a portrait of you?

A bottle of red wine. A pack of cards, Joker facing out.

Q: With acquired savant syndrome* featuring in my next novel, I’m curious . . . If you were to wake up from a coma one day to find yourself totally obsessed and a genius (in something other than writing, of course) what would you want it to be? (music, painting, languages, maths, touching your toes while typing, etc)

Is that what acquired savant is? I’d no idea. I’d like to be brilliant at poker. A genius/world champion at Texas Hold-em. If that’s not an option, then golf. A genius at golf would be good (not to mention lucrative).

Q: If you happened to wake up one day and be a genius with a paintbrush, whose portrait would you want to paint and why?

I think I’d like to paint Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) together, now they’re old. They made me cry in the first of the newer Star Wars movies (Was it The Force Awakens?), and now, of course, the very lovely but so tortured, Carrie Fisher has passed, I wish even more that I’d had this skill and opportunity.

Q: Your preferred medium would be?

A: Oil on canvas

B: Watercolour

C: Pencil/Ink

D: Pastels

E: Kiddy crayons

Lily says: F: Patricia Arquette

(Oh, Lily, you always make me laugh.)

Picasso once asked the question: “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” In my next novel, the artists says to 58 y.o Ava, “A mature person has depth of character and it’s their layers, built from life’s lessons that interest me the most—when wisdom replaces curiosity and experience replaces youthful exuberance.”

 Q: What two traits would you hope an artist captures in a portrait of you?

Hopefully that my life is rich with wonderful family and friends, and that I’ve made some big mistakes but they didn’t kill me, and they’ve made me stronger.

Q: Because every fireplace deserves a portrait, in whose house would you hang a portrait of you as a surprise and what would they say?

My friend Carrie’s, where it would sit over our Thursday night girls card table… and (if we refer to 3 above, I would have my pack of cards with the Joker showing.) Carrie would say: “bloody Lil, and she reckoned she never gets dealt the Joker”)

Q: Keeping in mind that lucky recipient of your portrait, how would see yourself framed?

  1. Minimalist or no frame at all – just the canvas (take me as I am) This one!
  2. Modernist – chrome, nothing too fancy
  3. Sophisticated – warm, wood, old world
  4. Flamboyant – go all the way and gilt-edged!

A: Minimalist or no frame at all – just the canvas (take me as I am) This one!

Q: Finally, if someone was to add a plaque/title your portrait, how would it read?

Life is always about the next hand

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Lily Malone might have been a painter, except her year-old son put a golf club through her canvas. So she wrote her first book, His Brand of Beautiful instead. Lily has now written three full-length rural romance stories and a novella all published by Harlequin Escape. Her debut trade paperback, The Vineyard In The Hills was published by Harlequin MIRA in September 2016, and her new release with MIRA is Water Under The Bridge, Book 1 in the Chalk Hill series, out now. When she isn’t writing, Lily likes gardening, walking, wine, and walking in gardens (sometimes with wine). She loves to hear from readers and you can find her on Facebook, and on Twitter: @lily_lilymalone. To contact Lily, visit www.lilymalone.wordpress.com

GIVEAWAY: NOW CLOSED AND WINNER ADVISED

Lily is giving away a print copy of her book – Butterfly House Book 1: Who Killed The Bride? (a whole lot of fun and based in her hometown, featuring the very famous Cowaramup Cows. Oh, I do love cows!)

Just LIKE this post and tell us in the comments if you’d like to be in the draw. (Aust. only, sorry. Blame Aust Post for the exorbitant prices.)

Before you go, I have some more author portraits to celebrate the release of my 5th novel (March 19 in Australia/NZ and April 5 overseas) so you might want to subscribe to my blog (right) or check out my Book Room for info about A Place to Remember.

*Acquired savant syndrome, in which a person acquires prodigious capabilities or skills following dementia, a head injury or concussion, epilepsy or other disturbances.

 

Author, Tess Woods, Writes To Her 18 y.o Self #giveaway

So Tess,

You’re eighteen – finally old enough to go out clubbing after five months of university purgatory where you were the youngest. Here’s some life pointers from your forty-three year old self:

  • That guy you’re in love with? Babe, he’s just not that into you, he never will be and he’s actually a bit of a tool. Let it go! Now that guy who is your great friend but you don’t want to risk the friendship by taking it to the next level? Yeah, him. I’m here to tell you the friendship dies anyway, so go for it – when he tries to kiss you in a few months at The Metro, let him!
  • Stop freaking out about your hair. They’re about to invent this thing called GHD – it’s a ceramic hair straightener. Sit tight, it’s coming and it will solve all your problems.
  • Ignore your dad when he tells you that no man will want you because you’re too opinionated and strong willed. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The relationships you have will be with men who love you for your strength of character so don’t question that for a minute. Also God is sending you a daughter called Lara as karma for your strong willed nature, just you wait!
  • Some serious stuff is going to go down between your mum and dad. Hang in there, I promise it will all be okay in the end and the fears and worries you’ve been carrying around like a lead weight in your gut for your whole life about the situation at home will all be resolved in the next few years. It’s going to get really ugly first, but you’ll all come out the other side just fine.
  • Take your Ventolin inhaler everywhere, don’t be lazy with it.
  • Don’t waste any time worrying that you won’t get married and have children, I know this is the main thing you want in life, so let me tell you, it happens okay? Now go and live it up, you’re young, go have fun with your friends and forget about finding Mr Right! Btw, the first two guys you think are Mr Right are actually your practice runs. The third one is the keeper!
  • You’ll still be super close to your childhood bestie when you’re in your forties. I know you’re worried now because you’ve gone to different universities and she’s hanging out with actors while you hang out physios and doctors but through thick and thin, she’s going stick with you forever and she’ll be right beside you in your darkest moments.
  • Eat less crap. You’re forming bad habits and I’m paying the price here!
  • When you fail your first year of university and are completely devastated, don’t be, you’re about to have the most amazing year ever and you’ll be really glad you failed.
  • Guess what, you still love Sting and Pat Cash at forty-three! And they are both still HOT!
  • When your friend Jess tells you that she feels like her life is pointless and then goes to get in her car – DO NOT let her get in that car. Take her for a coffee or you’ll be heartbroken forever.
  • Brad Pitt doesn’t marry Gwyneth Paltrow, I think you should be prepared for this.
  • That passion you have for human rights will only get stronger with time. You do great stuff here, you should be proud! And they free Nelson Mandela, he becomes the leader of South Africa – no shit!
  • Stop aiming for perfect, it’s never going to happen. You will continue to make monumental stuff ups, lots of them. It’s always okay in the end.
  • Finally, don’t throw anything out. All your old crap will become retro this and retro that. Hang onto everything and wait for eBay to get invented.

Love from your much-older-ever-so-slightly-wiser-still-mostly-hasn’t-got-her-shit-together-yet-self!

Tess Woods- smaller photoLove at First Flight Print CoverAbout Tess Woods:

Tess Woods is a physiotherapist who lives in Perth, Australia with one husband, two children, one dog and one cat wo rules over all of them. Her debut novel, Love at First Flight, first released as an eBook in April 2015, received worldwide critical acclaim, hit the best-seller charts in Australia and was voted Book of the Year in the AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Awards 2015. Tess was also top ten nominated as Best New Author. Love at First Flight is the first HarperCollins Australia digital book acquisition to be given a print release in August 2016. Tess’s short story, Destiny in a Day was released in the anthology Hot Stuff: Surfing Love and she is currently putting the finishing touches her second full-length novel, Beautiful Messy Love. When she isn’t working or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and all kinds of grannyish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea, watching Downton Abbey and tending to the veggie patch.

You can learn more about Tess on her website www.tesswoods.com.au or you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Wanting to honour the lost art of letter writing through this blog series, I also opened my fourth novel with a character writing a letter. And not just any letter. It’s a story — perhaps the most important he’ll ever tell.

The Other Side of the SeasonReady for a sea change

Life is simple on top of the mountain for David, Matthew and Tilly until the winter of 1979 when tragedy strikes, starting a chain reaction that will ruin lives for years to come. Those who can, escape the Greenhill banana plantation on the outskirts of Coffs Harbour. One stays—trapped for the next thirty years on the mountain and haunted by memories and lost dreams. That is until the arrival of a curious young woman, named Sidney, whose love of family shows everyone the truth can heal, what’s wrong can be righted, the lost can be found, and . . . there’s another side to every story.

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Author, Maggie Christensen writes a letter to her 25 y.o self

Dear Maggie,

It’s 1970, you are twenty-five and about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime. You’ve been teaching primary school for three years, your friends are all married – you’ve already been a bridesmaid three times – and you’ve grown up on stories of the mad Australian side of the family visiting during the war. You have family in Melbourne, but being independent, you’ve decided to go to Sydney where you know no one.

You’re not sure what you’ll find there, but have read lots of Lucy Walker books and it’s only for two years, so it can’t be too bad. You’ve seen the ad with a half-naked man in gown and mortarboard inviting you to ‘Come and Teach in the Sun’. Right now, you may not be living the beach lifestyle you imagined when you stepped on the plane, but it’s waiting for you. You just need to be patient.

What you don’t know is that, initially you’ll feel you’re on permanent holiday, the sky will look like a picture postcard and you won’t be at all homesick. Don’t be too disappointed when you hate teaching in state schools, which you’ve discovered are very different from those in Scotland. Things will improve and at the end of two years, you won’t be ready to go home.

In a few years the government will declare university study free and with the encouragement of the headmistress in the private school you now teach in, you’ll complete the degree you dropped out of in Scotland. You’ll enjoy study so much you’ll continue to further study and eventually gain a PH D. but that comes later.

Your study will lead you to the achievement of your long-held goal to improve teacher education and this will take you to country New South Wales, first to Goulburn, then to Wagga Wagga. It’s there that, at the ripe old age of 37 when, after several disastrous relationships and having almost given up hope of finding your soulmate, you’ll meet the gentle giant of a man who will become your husband and you’ll become stepmother to three teenagers.

Remember to never give up on your dreams, and it’s never too late to try something new. The positive attitude you inherited from your mother will always stand you in good stead, and when you’re facing redundancy in your sixties, you’ll decide to fulfil your childhood dream of writing fiction.

Signed,

Your seventy-one year-old self.
Maggie Wallace House eventedited Madeline House Cover MEDIUM WEBABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maggie lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with her husband of over 30 years and, when not writing or reading, loves to walk along the beach in the early morning and have coffee by the Noosa River. She writes contemporary women’s fiction celebrating mature women and the heroes worthy of them. You can find out more about Maggie at:

http://maggiechristensenauthor.com/

Connect with Maggie of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maggiechristensenauthor/

Madeline House is Maggie’s fifth book and the third in her Oregon Coast Series:
Buy link: myBook.to/MadelineHouse

If you’ve read this far … lucky you! Maggie is giving a copy of Madeline House away, so before you go, leave a comment. NOW CLOSED

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Wanting to honour the lost art of letter writing through this blog series, I also opened my fourth novel with a character writing a letter. And not just any letter. It’s a story — perhaps the most important he’ll ever tell.

The Other Side of the SeasonReady for a sea change

Life is simple on top of the mountain for David, Matthew and Tilly until the winter of 1979 when tragedy strikes, starting a chain reaction that will ruin lives for years to come. Those who can, escape the Greenhill banana plantation on the outskirts of Coffs Harbour. One stays—trapped for the next thirty years on the mountain and haunted by memories and lost dreams. That is until the arrival of a curious young woman, named Sidney, whose love of family shows everyone the truth can heal, what’s wrong can be righted, the lost can be found, and . . . there’s another side to every story.

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#WriteRoundOz w/ Kayte Nunn (giveaway)

Rose's Vintage Kayte NunnAs I travel around this beautiful country in my caravan, I sometimes get to ‘go home’. I’m heading to my childhood to see…Kayte Nunn on Sydney’s breezy northern beaches.

Kayte NummThank you for letting my park my rig on your… 

Front lawn.

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’? 

Did you bring the wine?

(You never have to ask!)

Now…

 

 

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

My (admittedly dwindling) wine collection. My KitchenAid Stand Mixer (well, in my dreams I have one. The reality is a battered hand mixer, but it still turns out great cakes).

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why?

I’d park it outside Eddie Redmayne’s house just for the pleasure of seeing his beautiful cheekbones every day. Alternatively, I’d park it outside John Denver’s ranch (yes, I know he’s dead but I bet he lives on a ranch in heaven), and ask him to sing Annie’s Song to me.

Do you REALLY have room at your house to park a fifth wheeler caravan and do you mind visitors? (Oh, sorry, you don’t have to answer that one!!) 

Country curiosities…

My latest novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

A giraffe. They are so tall they can reach the highest branches, they have gorgeous long eyelashes and move with a lanky elegance (quite the opposite of me!).

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

Cake. Cake and more cake. I love to bake. I’ve just got a batch of caramel date cupcakes out of the oven, actually. Procrasti-baking is what I do best when I am supposed to be writing.

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Sitting down at the computer – see procrasti-baking, above.

If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

Because all the recent bestsellers have the word ‘the girl’ in them (The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, the Girl in the Red Coat): The Girl Who Loved Cake (and wine).

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia: Whitehaven beach. I have been there twice and always come away wishing I had more time there.

Favourite holiday destination: Anywhere where the sun is shining and there’s blue water or plenty of powder snow.

Favourite movie: Before Sunrise.

Favourite quote: ‘Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.’  ~  Marianne Williamson

If I said to you, “Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk,” what would you do?

I’d read poetry to you – the First World War poets probably, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke…

Time for… Fact or fiction. (Giveaway)

Kayte, you’re a fiction writer. How about you tell us a secret and we’ll guess if it’s true or not. Every comment goes into the draw.

Okay, folks, to go into the draw to win a print copy of Rose’s Vintage* take a stab – fact or fiction?

“The heroine, Rose, in Rose’s Vintage is really me.”

(* Aust postal addies only – sorry o/s folk.)

Connect with Kayte:

Website: www.kaytenunn.com

#WriteRoundOz w/ Aoife Clifford

all_these_perfect_strangers_1 copy Aoife (pron. EE-fa h)= Accolades…

nicholaspurcellstudio-aoife-101 copy… and there are numerous already … even before All These Perfect Strangers was released by Simon & Schuster on 1 March. 

Thank you for letting my park my rig on your…

…street! Sorry our driveway is too narrow but many a tradies’ van has scrapped itself on the wall and I’d hate that to happen to your lovely caravan.

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’? 

Nothing. I’ve hidden the GO AWAY I’M WRITING one to look more hospitable.

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

The idea of living in a caravan with three kids sounds like a fun adventure but we wouldn’t be able to bring my daughter’s goldfish or her beehive (which will be turning up any day).

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why?

Mariella Frostrup to see what she’s reading, Gita Sereny to talk about human nature and Tina Fey for the laughs (will a caravan fit in a New York apartment?)

(I’d give it a try!!)

Country curiosities…

My current novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

Definitely a cat because I have an excellent grumpy face.

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

As I was raised in the country I know the standard so I’m expecting to lose this one but I’ll go all out and make my chocolate mousse topped with passionfruit jelly covered in a layer of white chocolate. Looks more complicated than it is, tastes divine and I’ll eat it when nanna beats me with her scones.

(Yum! May be worth a few scrapes on the van.)

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

First drafts

 If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

It’s Never Too Late

 

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia: Melbourne (that’s why I live here)

Favourite holiday destination: Never been to Paris but I’m prepared to make the sacrifice. How about next July?

Favourite movie: Don’t have one but my daughters love The Princess Bride and I’m quite happy to watch it for the hundredth time.

Favourite quote: ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’ Oscar Wilde

Congratulations on your achievements already with All These Perfect Strangers.

Thank you for joining my #WriteRoundOz blog, Aoife, and for giving away a copy of your book.

Buy the eBook NOW from Amazon OR a PRINT copy from Booktopia

Connect with Aoife: aoifeclifford.com and on Twitter: @aoifejclifford.

GIVEAWAY… CLOSED WINNER ‘Delores’ contacted. Thank you everyone for commenting.

You’re a fiction writer. Tell us a secret (any secret – about you, your books, etc) and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

In the first chapter of my book All These Perfect Strangers I quote a study that says despite people being advised by the police of the right to remain silent, the vast majority of people don’t, which suggests that we find it hard to keep secrets.

Dear readers: Is that fiction or real? Tell us what you think and go into the draw to win a copy of All These Perfect Strangers.

Folks, leave a comment below and Simon & Schuster will send you a copy – hot off the presses. (*Australia and New Zealand postal addresses. Blame Australia Post for making mailing so darn expensive).

Read the Read Round Oz review of All These Perfect Strangers here

#WriteRoundOZ w/ Susanne Bellamy

2011 - headshots HOTO_HH_rszAt home with… Susanne Bellamy 

Welcome to my home, Jenn!

Hi Susanne, thank you for letting me park my rig on your…ahh…

Home on the range?!  (Yes, I guess you are right up there. I remember the spectacular, although very misty, morning view. But I will NOT be parking in your driveway!)

 

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’?

Come in for wine and good conversation.

 

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

Hubby and a supply of books and notebooks (or laptop and charger!). And a stash of salt and vinegar chips.

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why? 

Shirley Wine – she lives in a stunningly beautiful part of New Zealand that I want to explore. Of course, my caravan will be able to fly across the Pacific Ocean, carried beneath a hundred colourful hot air balloons.

(Of course. I, too, have done this! Have some more wine…)

 

Country curiosities…

My latest novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

An eagle. I’d love to have that view of the world. My husband gave me a hot air balloon flight for my last birthday and I’m looking forward to taking it in a couple of weeks!

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

Main meal: Lasagne

Dessert: Pears poached in red wine

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Planning! I start with a broad outline but as I get to know my characters, they shanghai my plans. Followed by the title. My husband came up with ‘Heartbreak Homestead’!

If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

Give a Woman Half a Chance and a Single Malt and Stand Out of Her Way.

You’re a fiction writer. Tell us a secret (any secret – about you, your books, etc) and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

I featured as a dancer in a television special when colour TV burst onto our screens in the 70s.

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia: Aside from home? Melbourne

Favourite holiday destination: Italy, especially if I can return to Amalfi and Sicily.

Favourite movie: Casablanca

Favourite quote: “We’ll always have Paris.” (Of course!)

If I said to you, “Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk,” what would you do?

I know you love dogs so I’d bring Freya (our German Shepherd) in and show you her tricks. (Yay! Perfect.)

Time for… Fact or fiction?

You’re a fiction writer. Spin us a yarn and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

Did Susanne feature as a dancer in a television special when colour TV burst onto our screens in the 70s?

True or fiction, folks? 

About Heartbreak Homestead – out 1 March 2016

After her brother’s death, the last thing Lizzy Wilmot wants to do is to return to her family’s property but Alex Carter, his former business partner, needs her help to locate some missing files. Alex doesn’t trust Lizzy and the feeling is mutual but when they find themselves back at the homestead in the midst of a bitter custody battle for Lizzy’s baby nephew, sparks begin to fly.

Who is trying to harm Lizzy?

Can they both learn that trust will overcome heartbreak?

Heartbreak Homestead (Hearts of the Outback Book 2) eBook

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Laura wins an ebook copy of Just One Kiss (Hearts of the Outback Book 1) eBook Just tell us:

Want to know more or connect? You can find Susanne at the following:

  1. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/susanne.bellamy.7
  2. Twitter https://twitter.com/SusanneBellamy
  3. Website http://www.susannebellamy.com/
  4. Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/susannebellamy/
  5. Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6869630.Susanne_Bellamy

 

#WriteRoundOz w/ Alli Sinclair

UTSS Feb 2016 Harlequinblack and white photo AlliAn intriguing book title for an author dancing her way to the top. Yes, I am at home with… Alli Sinclair from Victoria

Thank you for letting my park my rig on your….

Veggie patch.  (Oops!)

What’s that I see written on your ‘welcome mat’?

“The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Downsizing my life into a 24 ft caravan meant leaving lots of things behind in boxes. What (or who!!) would you have trouble leaving behind if you took off in a caravan?

I would have major trouble leaving my kids and partner behind (most days …), as well as my trusty laptop and iPad. And I’d definitely make sure the iPad contained all my favourite photos, movies, and books. I can’t do without those!

Whose home would you like to visit in your caravan and why?

I would love to visit my friend Daniel in London. We met in South America twenty years ago (!!) and travelled some extremely remote areas and shared lots of adventures and laughs. I haven’t seen him for ten years and I would love to meet his wife and kids.

Do you REALLY have room at your house to park a fifth wheeler caravan and do you mind visitors? Oh, sorry, you don’t have to answer that one!! 

Ha! You know the offer is always there …

(You might be sooooooooory!)

Country curiosities…

My latest novel, Season of Shadow and Light, has a strong horse theme. (I love what horses can teach us). If you were an animal what would you be?

Without a doubt a llama! I love the way they look down their noses at you and if they’re not impressed, they spit (gross, I know, but we’re talking llamas here!). The fact they have three stomach compartments is weird, and I’m a sucker for weird. Plus they come from South America, the continent of my heart.

You’re cooking and your food going up against the best cooks from the CWA (Country Women’s Association). What would be your winning dish?

Oooh, my quiche! It’s one of those “throw what you have in the house” recipes and it never fails!

(And what do you know? I love quiche.)

About you…

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

First drafts! I detest them more than anything! I’d rather stick hot pokers in my eyes … A tad dramatic? Maybe. But boy, first drafts are painful! I’d rather edit any day, thanks!

If someone was to write your biography, what do you think the title should be?

Alli Sinclair – The Unstoppable Adventurer

You’re a fiction writer. Tell us a secret (any secret – about you, your books, etc) and we’ll guess if it’s true or not.

I once visited a prison in La Paz, Bolivia.

(Okay readers. Give it your best shot. Fact or fiction?)

Favourite four…

Favourite place in Australia – The Great Ocean Road

Favourite holiday destination – Montañita, Ecuador

Favourite movie – Gah! That’s a tough one as it changes depending on my mood. Today it’s Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (never strays far from number one on my list)

Favourite quote – T.S. Eliot “Little Gidding”

“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

If I said to you, “Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk,” what would you do?

(Need I ask? Really? I think I know.)

I’d break out into song and dance ala Gene Kelly, but if you threw things at me then I would revert to some seriously impressive break-dancing moves (although my back may not hold up!).

 

IMG_5332 copyGIVEAWAY CLOSED – winner, Mary, advised.

To celebrate the release of Alli’s new book, Under the Spanish Stars, Alli has a beautiful Spanish fan up for grabs. All you need to do is leave a comment for your chance to win! (So… Fact or fiction?)

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Published by Harlequin MIRA (Australia) http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/product/9781760374181

Under the Spanish Stars is available in print and e-book.

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