Tell us a little about your book:
Passionfruit & Poetry is a Cinderella story I wasn’t planning to write. I stopped for a coffee and cake while I waited for my car to be serviced and started to write it on the napkin in the café. It’s all about Jeanie – a small town girl happy running the Café Cinématique with her grandmother. Her arrival her life takes an unexpected turn when the café is used for a photographic shoot and Jeanie finds herself unwillingly thrown into the limelight. For a girl with few ambitions Jeanie’s new life is at once both terrifying and strangely liberating, she blossoms into a woman she hardly recognizes. Thrust into the sophisticated life of Sydney, full of smoke and mirrors, her past comes back to haunt her and all she wants is to head home, back to passionfruit pie and her grandmother’s warm hug.
What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
It’s a day to celebrate love – not only your love for the one special person in your life but also for your friends and family, everyone who is important to you. After all where would we be without it?
Favourite Valentines Day memory?
Sitting high up on a ridge in the Himalayas, watching the sunset over the world.
Best ever Valentine’s Day gift you’ve given or received?
I received a bunch of early blooming bluebells still damp with dew and tied up with a piece of string – full of promise!
What’s the appeal of the romance genre for you as a writer? As a reader?
As above – promise! The promise of tomorrow, the promise of happiness, the promise of forever
Passionfruit & Poetry
When Xander Fitzgerald, famous Sydney fashion photographer takes a shot of Jeanie Baker, his ISO settings hit red alert and no one’s life is ever the same again.
Jeanie believes she is content – a small town girl happy running the Café Cinématique with her grandmother—but with Xander’s arrival her life takes an unexpected turn and she finds herself unwillingly thrown into the limelight.
For a girl with few ambitions Jeanie’s new life is at once both terrifying and strangely liberating, and in Xander’s company she blossoms into a woman she hardly recognizes. But the sophisticated life of Sydney is full of smoke and mirrors and when her past comes back to haunt her all she wants is to head home, back to passionfruit pie and her grandmother’s warm hug.
Xander discovers he can’t have his cake and eat it too. He has to make some serious decisions, but is he prepared to give away everything he has worked for to win the woman he first glimpsed through the lens of his camera?