Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I was a keen reader and one day after hearing an interview on the radio with an editor from Mills & Boon, I decided to write a book.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
The same day I sat down and starting writing my first book J The guy on the radio said they were always looking for authors.
Tell us a little more about Saved By The Bride:
I wrote Saved By The Bride after getting a gazillion rejections for Boomerang Bride, which ironically went on not only to be published but to win a Rita. So, in my head were all the reasons why traditional publishers were not picking up BB. Plus, it was always going to be book one of a series. I used to live in the USA and back in 2010 when I was writing it, contemporary romances set in Australia weren’t being picked up in the USA or really in Australia, so it made sense to set it in the area I’d lived—small town, Wisconsin. Plus, the Global Financial Crisis had hit so I decided that would be a theme of the book as small towns were struggling to survive.
Saved By The Bride features the central character Annika, a financially-strapped acting mayor no less, crashing an engagement party to talk finances with the bride-to-be’s billionaire father, only to be busted by the bride-to-be’s brother! Talk about an eventful night, but it doesn’t stop there does it?
Poor Annika! I put her through the wringer, didn’t I, but then again, a good story is when you hang your characters out over a cliff. To her credit though, the crashing of the party wasn’t her idea. She was railroaded into it by the town and the big deal with Annika is that she wants to stay in Whitetail so getting a new industry for the town is vital.
You write the party-crashing scene so perfectly, so I’m wondering… just how many parties have you crashed, Fiona?!
LOL! I’ve never gate-crashed a party but when needs must I once pretended to be a guest at a hotel. We were in a tiny town in Malaysia on a Sunday with no banks open and we needed to exchange money but to do so, you had to be a guest at the resort. In the days before security, I rode the elevator, checked out how the rooms were numbered, went back downstairs to the lobby and with my heart hammering hard casually said, “Room 2011” And we got our much-needed cash. Then we took a swim in the pool and left.
What one character trait will most endear both Annika and Finn to your readers?
Annika is well-intentioned; misguided certainly but her heart is in the right place and I think many women will relate to her struggling sense of self after a toxic relationship. Finn’s family is the modern dysfunctional family post a bitter divorce. His sister’s engagement has thrown everyone back together along with second wives and children. Finn’s struggling to watch his very much younger step-brother have the relationship with their father he never had due to the divorce. I think this is a very real phenomena these days, when men remarry and are fathers at a more mature age and do a much better job the second time around.
Saved By The Bride is book one in your new Wedding Fever series—what other wedding stories will you be bringing to readers within this series?
In October, Picture Perfect Wedding (book two) will be on shelf. Here we meet Erin, a wedding photographer on a mission to establish her business and she needs to shoot a wedding in a sunflower field. She clashes with Luke Anderson, the gorgeous and sexy dairy farmer who is struggling with a quarter-life crisis. There is a lot of humour and teasing in this book and readers have told me this is the hottest book I’ve ever written. The secondary story in this book features Nicole the wedding planner who we meet in Saved By The Bride.
The third book is Runaway Groom featuring hunky Ben, an Aussie riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle from Antarctica to Alaska. Of course, the one guy who wants to avoid weddings at all costs gets stuck in Whitetail, now the wedding capital of Wisconsin 😉 Amy, the heroine went to work as a corporate lawyer in Chicago one morning and an hour later was home with her desk in a box and a huge scandal hanging over her head. She’s hiding out in Whitetail where she vacationed as a child, and trying to work out how to put her life back together. The secondary story features Mrs. Norell, the cake decorator and general Whitetail Weddings that WOW! enthusiast. I gave her a wonderful ‘third age’ J
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
It’s feel good fiction. I guarantee a mini-escape from your life so you can re-enter it, re-energized and with hope.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Working in Community Health
What’s next for you?
In January and July 2015, my Medicine River series, published by Berkley Books will be released. Montana Actually, is book one. It’s already up for pre-order and the blurb can be found here.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Life is a long and winding road with lots of blind bends. You just have to make decisions based on what is in front of you at the time. Be true to yourself and care about others.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
To quote the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Geraldine Brooks, “When there is no wind, I do a lot of rowing.” Most days are a hard slog where I question why on earth I am doing this and then suddenly you’ll get the gift of flow only to find the next day you’re back to rowing against the current.
Favourite travel experience?
All of them! I have been very fortunate to travel to many and varied places in my life. The best trips are the ones I share with my husband and sons.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
More travel…still loads of places I haven’t been.
Milk, dark or white chocolate?
White and milk.
Red, white, bubbly?
You need to ask? 😉 Bubbles, every, single time.
Salty or sweet?
Salt and vinegar!!
Beach or mountains?
Both, although during the summer months, always the beach. I love the Alpine area both to ski and hike. It restores my soul.
Give or receive?
I love to give. I’m the casserole Queen.
About the Author:
Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin & Berkley/Penguin. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the west of the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she’s not writing stories, she’s a weekend wife, mother of two ‘ginger’ teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes, slave to a cat and often found collapsed on the couch with wine.
Saved By The Bride
Welcome to Whitetail, Wisconsin, future home of Weddings that WOW!
As acting mayor, Annika will do anything to revive the economy of the town that’s been her refuge ever since her art career imploded and her fiancé walked out. Even if it means crashing an engagement party to talk business with the bride’s billionaire father. But the evening starts with a kiss from a gorgeous stranger-and ends with a night in jail.
Finn Callahan can’t believe his sister is getting married, not after their parents’ disastrous track record. And he’d rather be anywhere than working from his family’s vacation home. Until he catches a leggy blonde sneaking in the window, and suddenly telecommuting for the season is very appealing.
Unable to resist their mutual attraction, Annika and Finn are soon mixing business and pleasure-just for the summer. Too bad Annika’s heart missed the memo about not falling in love