Author Spotlight – Alli Sinclair
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
From the moment I hold a pen I wrote stories but strayed from my passion while in my teens and twenties. It wasn’t until my thirties that I started exploring fiction with the hope of getting published. As for other writing, such as blogging, copywriting and articles, I’ve worked on these for years as part of my work in marketing and my own copywriting business. My true passion, though, is writing fiction.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
Gosh, this is going to sound like a loooooooong time ago (and it was) – eleven years! The first three manuscripts were my “apprenticeship” manuscripts that will never see the light of day. I got very close to getting published on each manuscript but they seemed to lack that magic (that is impossible to describe) to push them over the line into the Land of Publishing Contracts. Luna Tango was number four and is what caught the attention of my fantabulous agent who subsequently sold it and The Dance Card Series to my wonderful publisher Harlequin.
Tell us a little more about Luna Tango:
Luna Tango is essentially about love – romantic love, love for family and love for tango. It also explores how dance and music affects everyone differently – one person can watch a tango and be moved to tears, the other could be sighing with joy – and it’s all because we bring our own experiences and luggage with us when we listen to music or watch or participate in dance. All the characters in Luna Tango have a different relationship with tango – some turbulent, some romantic, some neutral — and as the story progresses and the characters learn more about themselves and each other, their feelings change for the dance and music and ebb and flow just like a beautiful tango composition.
The heroine, Dani McKenna, is a journalist who is on a mission to explore the dark secrets of her own family. It’s always interesting to see how families are constructed and the internal politics that play out within family structures and certainly you’ve created a highly engaging familial vibe—what led you to presenting Dani’s story in this manner?
I’ve always been drawn to stories that explore relationships between family members and the various politics that either brings them together or rips them apart. I also love delving in to all the different types of families there are – families that are related by DNA, by adoption or fostering, friends who have become each other’s family … the list goes on. I find it a fascinating and can’t help but weave in families and secrets into my stories!
The book’s tagline reads: “Tango, like love, is complicated”—was there something in particular about tango that captured your imagination?
Passion. From the very first moment I heard and watched tango, I was hooked. There is such deep passion in tango that pulls me into a tight embrace that I’ve no choice other than to allow myself to be taken on a wondrous journey.
It’s interesting to read your bio and discover that you’re incredibly well travelled having spent year travelling the globe. Has travel, and the experiences it enables, helped you with your writing (and how)?
Absolutely it’s helped! I actually find it difficult not to set a story in foreign locale. I was born with a passport in my hand and have been fortunate to live in and explore many different cultures and the one thing that tends to unite all of them is their love for dance – it’s a language that everyone speaks.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
That romance writers are some of the smartest, funniest, most caring, giving and supportive people I know.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Digging for artefacts in a desert or jungle in a remote foreign land.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Seeing my first book in print on the shelves in a bookstore. Yes, I cried and made a fool of myself. J
What’s next for you?
Get book two of The Dance Card Series finished and off to my wonderful publisher. This one is called Flamenco Fire and is set in Spain. Once again there is a very hot Spanish speaking hero causing our heroine to stumble in her shiny heels.
Confessions of an Author:
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Whatever is closest (usually chocolate).
Is there something we’d be shocked to know about you?
I worked as a guide on mountaineering expeditions in Argentina.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
Dialogue comes easily but I need to work harder at description.
Favourite travel experience?
Arriving in Buenos Aires for the first time and feeling like I’d returned home.
Favourite fictional character:
Indiana Jones – books and movies
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
To spend three months in Italy, France or Spain in a tiny village writing my next book.
Milk or dark chocolate? Both! Why should a girl choose?
Red, white, bubbly? Depends on the day but usually bubbly or red.
Salty or sweet? Both at the same time!
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Give or receive? Definitely give!
About the Author:
Alli Sinclair is Australian born and spent her early adult years travelling the blog: scaling mountains in Nepal, Argentina, and Peru, rafting the Ganges, and riding a camel in the Sahara. She lived in Argentina and Peru and it was there her love of dance bloomed. When she wasn’t working as a tour guide, Alli could be found in the dance halls learning tango, salsa, merengue, and samba. All of these adventures made for fun storytelling and this is when she discovered her love of writing. Alli’s stories combine her passion for exotic destinations, the quirks of human nature, and the belief that everyone can dance, even if it’s to their own beat.
‘Find Your Luna Tango Passion’ competition:
Alli is running a “Find Your Luna Tango Passion” competition and the winner receives a beautiful painting of tango dancers created especially for this competition. Click HERE for more information.
Book Launch event:
Internationally acclaimed tango dancers will perform and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a tango lesson. Proceeds of ticket sales will go to Parkinson’s Victoria in honour of Alli’s father who recently passed away and to whom Luna Tango is dedicated. Ticket bookings essential.
When: 21st August
Where: Readings Books in Hawthorn, VIC.
Cost: $10, includes wine and food and dance lesson.
Details & Bookings: http://www.readings.com.au/event/wine-romance-and-a-tango-lesson