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I'm an Australian author of Contemporary Romance, Romantic Action/Adventure, and Historical fiction. I live in Queensland, Australia. www.noelleclark.net

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Louise Forster shares some Home Truths

Australian author, Louise Forster, released her newest novel, Home Truths through Escape Publishing, on June 1st. Today, I catch up
with Louise and ask her a few, er, home truths.

But first, here’s a little about Home Truths.

A small-town romance about secrets, community and the family we make for ourselves.

London-based chef Jennifer Dove loves her exciting, fast-paced life and she has every intention of returning to it ASAP. This trip to Tumble Creek — middle-of-nowhere Australia — is just a blip, a trip out of time, to visit her sister and niece and farewell her beloved Uncle.

But barely hours into her stay, she disturbs an intruder in her uncle’s house, is questioned by police, and finds a pair of fluffy pink stilettos in the bedroom. Things are not all they seem in Tumble Creek, and much as she tries not to, Jennifer is sucked in to the mystery surrounding her uncle. Who is his girlfriend Veronica, and why is she not here? What are the locals hiding? And why can she not get sexy local Calum McGregor out of her mind?

All is not what it seems in this sleepy, small town, and as Jennifer unravels its mysteries, she might just be tying herself to Tumble Creek forever.

Hi Noelle, thanks for having me on your blog.
It's my absolute pleasure, Louise. Here we go with my questions:

Can you describe the heroine, Jennifer Dove, in just a few words or phrases?
Sure, Jennifer is a product of her image driven parents. She strived to rid herself of deep-seated inadequacies, of never making the right choices about herself, her career, and boyfriends. And she was doing well until she had to deal with her younger brother.

Is the character Calum McGregor what you would call the ‘typical hero’ in a book?
Hmm…yes in a lot of ways, I guess he is. He wants what he sees in Jennifer. He wants to protect her, love her, make her his J Other than that I’ve drawn him as I see country guys, their mannerisms, loyalty, can do, and will do, quiet no fuss kind of blokes. Ones that look at you with a cute half grin, arms folded, boot resting on a railing, and you know he’s seeing you … he gets you.

Was anyone in your past, or present, life the inspiration for any of the characters?
Honestly, I can’t say that there is one particular person. Probably everyone I’ve met has inspired me in some way. When I write I can picture in my mind how someone looks, moves, reacts according to his personality. For me, it’s like rolling a movie. The trouble with that is, I can get taken off on some tangent because I’m enjoying what my characters are doing and saying, but may not be relevant.

I love the character, Uncle Bob, even though he wasn’t really in the story. But his personality permeates it. How did you come up with Uncle Bob?
Jennifer and Sofie’s parents’ negative attitude towards, as they saw it, inappropriate appearances in all manner of things, had to stem from somewhere. Their mother couldn’t be the only one brought up to be that way. So I had to look at Uncle Bob. He wasn’t anything like his sister. Being the sort of loving generous, not at all judgmental bloke – how did he cope? They all find out how he had to. And in a way, he won. He lived his life the way he wanted … quietly. 

I laughed out loud several times while reading Home Truths. Did you intentionally make it humorous in parts, or is that a style that you like to write in?
Oh that’s great! That makes my day.
Yes, it’s my writing style. I’ve recently discovered, I’m not much of a planner…I tried and failed. The very basics, which could be the opening scene to a story, will be there, but as I write, and take the characters through stuff they have to deal with, new scenarios pop in. They’re often a surprise. I’ll be typing away with a big grin on my face, thinking, why didn’t I think of that before, you know, when I was trying to plan.

What was the hardest part about writing this novel?
Controlling the secondary characters. I gave them too much time on the page. Perhaps they need their own book. There will be a sequel to Home Truths. I have the bare bones and opening scene. I just have to make time and get stuck into it.

What do you think reader will enjoy most about Home Truths?
Gosh … I’ve had readers comment on all sorts of things: The banter between sisters.  How hot Calum is. Jennifer and Calum’s growing attraction. Her quirky ways. Her vulnerability. Him seeing all this and loving it about her. His quiet strength. The dialogue! The great sex ;-) Sweet Uncle Bob.

Is there anyone who stands out as a mentor in your writing career?
There have been so many along the way. Writers, like yourself, especially are very giving of their time and knowledge, whether you’re a beginner or someone who’s been around a while. Danielle Ellis was with me in the early days and has become a good friend. Right now it’s Kate Cuthbert at Escape Publishing. People might say, oh yeah of course you’d say that, she’s your editor and it’s her job. Nevertheless, Kate has helped guide me in the right direction when I struggle with editing.

What other books are you currently working on?
Aside from the sequel to Home Truths, I’ve almost finished a fantasy the working title is Aurelia. I came up with an idea a few years ago and wrote down the very basics and recently taken it much further. As I mentioned earlier, as I write interesting scenarios pop up and I go with it. I love it when that happens … tells me the brain is working hard behind the scenes.

What was the most surprising things that you learned in creating Home Truths?
That I could do it! I could write a story people would want to read and enjoy. 

Louise Forster grew up in a Victorian country town. She ran barefoot along dirt roads and loved looking through the leaves of tall eucalypts at the azure summer skies. Eventually, she grew up, and the country town became a suburb of Melbourne. Running barefoot to catch her train to work would have
 caused more than a few raised eyebrows so she opted for stilettos, of course. At eighteen, Louise travelled through Europe, parts of Africa and the Pacific Islands. These days Louise lives on the far north coast of New South Wales on a small property that includes her extended family, three dogs, three cats and all manner of wildlife.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Signing Event - ARRA - Sydney August 9th

Join me in Sydney at the annual ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) Book Signing Event! 

5-6 pm on Saturday 9 August at the Pullman Hotel in Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia.

Along with 88 other romance authors - including internationally renowned Best Selling Authors Cherry Adair, Anne Gracie, Marie Force, Jackie Ashenden, Maisey Yates, Rachael Herron and many more - I will be signing my paperbacks at this awesome event.

Entry is $20. To save 25% off the ticket price, buy your ticket online by clicking HERE.

For more information, go to the ARRA website.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Catching up with the bubbly, always happy ... Kendall Talbot

Kendall, I’m thrilled to have you visit my blog again. The last time you dropped in was just prior to your first release – Lost in Kakadu. Well, that book has been phenomenally popular, both in Australia and overseas. Congratulations on its success!

I thought that your readers might like to know what’s been happening in your life in the ten months since Lost in Kakadu was released.

The adrenalin rush of getting that first book published is a very special feeling. Does it still give you a buzz?

Absolutely. I’m so lucky to still have Lost in Kakadu in several bestseller charts and it’s a buzz seeing my book cover up there amongst some very big author names.

Kendall, that's true! And not only that, but you have been nominated in some very prestigious awards lists recently too. Take a look at these:

  • Best Romantic Suspense for 2013
  • Best Book Cover for 2013
  • Best New Author for 2013
  • And, nominated as Australia's Favourite Novelist of 2013 by Booktopia
BREAKING NEWS: As of today, 11th June, Kendall Talbot is now also a finalist in the 'Stories with Romantic Elements' category of the very prestigious RWA - Romance Writers of Australia R*BY Awards, otherwise known as the RUBY Award. Congratulations Kendall, and all the other finalists. Winners will be announced at the RWA Conference in Sydney on August 10th.
Link to all the other finalists here:

‘Lost in Kakadu’ is a very Australian book – in setting and story – yet it has been very well received in many countries around the world, especially in the UK and USA. Does this surprise you? And what is it about your book that you think appeals to overseas readers?

It doesn’t surprise me that Lost in Kakadu appeals to an international audience. I’ve travelled quite extensively and in my experience everyone loves Australians and Australia. My book takes the reader into one of Australia’s very special heritage listed National Parks and shows off just how amazing our country is.
Kendall emerging from the plane hangar

What has Kendall Talbot been doing since Lost in Kakadu was released?

The first couple of months after the book was released was completely crazy and in hindsight I wish I’d been more prepared.

My book launch was very exciting with 125 guests. It was set in a small warehouse that I decorated into a jungle scene, complete with real plants and plane parts. My guests were treated to a couple of sexy male topless waiters who served green champagne and aptly named jungle juice.

Kendall with the Pilot and First Officer of the plane that crashed in Kakadu

Doing 'research'. Mm, these abs do feel good.
(Oh yeah! I was there, remember? That was the most awesome book launch ever! Especially the topless pilots/waiters). Seriously, I took the opportunity to get in some...research. 

Yes, Noelle. I saw you, manhandling my pilots. I mean, waiters. 

Anyway, back to the question. Blog tours keep me very busy too and I love attending writing conferences, not only for the information but also for the networking.

Sorry, I just had to include that pic. ;-)

Can you share anything about your current work in progress with us?

I have two manuscripts that I’m ready to start submitting for publication. Double Take is a gritty urban crime novel with a dash of romance. Treasured Love is a high stakes action adventure that involves a missing 700 year old treasure, an evil priest and of course a passionate romance.

Do you consider that your latest stories blur the genre edges? Are they strictly romantic suspense, or are there other elements in them that make them different from Lost in Kakadu?

My next books are very different to Lost in Kakadu, in fact it would be hard to write another book like Kakadu, it’s very much in its own style. Double Take is a crime novel set in Brisbane. The bank my characters are planning to rob was one I once worked in. I never felt safe at that bank, and this story has been manifesting in my brain for about 15 years.  It’s set in 1991 before mobile phones and the World Wide Web existed. I had so much fun going back to that era.

You are an adventure junkie! If people don’t believe me, they should check out your website at http://www.kendalltalbot.com.au/  to see photos of you doing amazingly dangerous things. What adventures have you had in the last ten months?
Hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro
My son went to Brazil for a 12 month student exchange, so of course we just had to visit. One of the most amazing things I did there was hang glide off an 800m high cliff. It was completely exhilarating taking that giant step. Gliding over the spectacular Brazilian coastline was incredible. We landed safely on the beach just down from Copacabana, then settled in for a few Caipirinha drinks served in coconuts and watched all the incredibly fit bodies play beach volleyball. 

L-R Kendall's sister, her mum, and Kendall
on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the coldest May day
on record.

The other amazing thing I’ve done recently was climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with my mum. It was so special to share that experience with her. This is a must do for every Australian.

Will these dare devil antics end up in a future story?
I don’t have any plans to use hang gliding just yet, but you never know. But Treasured Love has quite a few scenes involving scuba diving - another one of my adrenalin passions.

Do you consider that your writing style has changed as you travel the journey of being a published and more experienced author?

I would say I’ve become much more confident in myself as a writer. I learnt so much about character arcs, plot and structure with my debut novel. Lost in Kakadu was certainly risky as a romance novel, but my next novel Double Take is even more unique and risky. I can’t wait to get it out there and hear what my readers think about it.

What is it that drives you to write stories?

A couple of things drive me to write. My husband works interstate, and I refuse to waste time watching television, so writing is my escape from boredom. But what I’ve found is that I simply love the escapism, to be able to fall into my own world, create amazing characters and take them on an adventure filled journey is so much fun. Often their journeys are to places I’ve been to and reliving that experience through my characters is magic.

Finally, are you able to share an excerpt or teaser from one of your soon-to-be-released books with us?

Sure. Here’s an excerpt from Double Take:

Jack heard a car outside and quickly ran his hand through the dollar signs he’d doodled on the dusty table. He stood up, hitched his loose jeans and wiped his sweaty palms down his thighs as he waited to see who it was.
The ancient door emitted an eerie creaking noise as a tall, raven-haired woman stepped over the threshold. She commanded attention in an emerald green dress that moulded to her hourglass figure and he obliged by openly drinking in her appearance. The soft white mounds of her breasts bulged from the plunging neckline and a lock of hair, long, dark and silky, fell loosely over her shoulder and nudged the valley of those luscious curves.
Jack swallowed loudly. “Hello, Rachel.”
She strode toward him with a bold confidence that made him step back. Since he’d called her a week earlier he’d been visualizing how their reunion would play out. But even if he’d been given a whole year to imagine ways she’d greet him, he would never have guessed being pinned to the wall with her forearm across his chest as one of them.
It was several heartbeats before his mind kicked into gear. “What the‒”
“Shut up,” she snapped. With the swiftness of a viper, her hand shot down the front of his jeans.
Jack recoiled and tried to escape, but she quite literally had him by the balls. “What the hell?”
 “I said shut up.” She squeezed tighter. The freshness of her peppermint breath did little to sweeten the evil in her eyes.
As a hot rush burned his neck, sweat dribbled from his arm pits. He didn’t know whether to laugh at her or yell at her.
Rachel’s eyes drilled into him. “If you cross me,” she hissed in an acid voice, “I’ll cut your balls off with a rusty can.”
“I wouldn’t ‒”
“I will hunt you down,” she cut in. “Do you understand?”
As Jack nodded he wondered what the hell had happened to her. The girl he remembered wouldn’t have even raised her voice, let alone done this.
           “Good.” Rachel’s hand slipped out of his jeans and she stepped back. “I’m glad we had this conversation.” She raised her hand and Jack braced for a slap. But instead she gently cupped his cheek. “So… what’s this all about?”

Kendall, thank you so much for coming along today. The only thing missing from this interview is that magical laugh of yours, which – those that know you personally – will having ringing in their ears. I know that your legion of fans love to hear what you’ve been up to, and are anxiously awaiting the next release from you.

Contact Kendall:

Twitter:   @KendallBooks

Where you can buy Lost in Kakadu:
Google Play
Mills and Boon
Nook Books