Monique Mulligan from Write Note Reviews


Reviewer Spotlight: Write Note Reviews


Tell us a little more about Write Note Reviews:
As a book reader and food enthusiast in no particular order, I’ve always thought books and food go well together. For me, it all started with popcorn … eating a bowl of popcorn and reading at the same time. Write Note Reviews combines these two loves with two more – writing and photography. My book reviews (from 2013 onwards) are complemented by a suggested food treat that “matches” the book. But really, the site is just a way for me to immerse myself in the world of books in a way that suits me best.


What prompted the creation of Write Note Reviews?
I started reviewing books while working at a community newspaper as a journalist, and later, editor. Apart from writing a regular column, it was one of my favourite aspects of the role – why wouldn’t it be for someone who has always been drawn to books? It let me drop the objective journalism facade and have an opinion. In late 2011, I changed career direction and took up freelancing… after a few months, I thought, why not see if I can still review books? If you don’t ask… so, I renewed old contacts and posed the question. Now I am reviewing books for a number of publishers in Australia – it’s a win-win for all parties. They get free publicity, I get to read … the only one (thing?) complaining is my sagging bookshelf! And Blue Eyes. He always gives me The Look. If you are a book lover like me, you’ll know exactly what that means.


What can readers expect when visiting Write Note Reviews?
Book reviews, of course. In-depth interviews with authors, guest posts from authors, shout-outs and teasers, and some of my own writing when the mood strikes.


Can readers become involved with Write Note Reviews?
Sure, by commenting on posts or on Facebook and Twitter. I love comments – wish there were more (sometimes I feel like I’m “talking” to myself). Also, by keeping an eye out for giveaways. I often have extra copies of books, or publishers invite me to run a giveaway, so that’s a great way to interact.


What’s next for you/ Write Note Reviews?
At the moment, my focus is on balancing a few life things; as part of this, I’m making sure I do some “just because” reading as well as reviewing. I’m happy with the way the site is looking at the moment, but I’ll just work on growing its reach. I run a Stories on Stage event in Perth so I’m looking at ways to grow that as well.


What are your top five favourite Aussie romance books of 2014 so far?
Oh, that’s hard … these are not in order, OK?

Billabong Bend by Jennifer Scoullar

Red Sand Sunrise by Fiona McArthur

Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns

Under Cover of Dark by Juanita Kees

Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn


All-time favourite character?
That’s hard, too! The child in me loves Anne from Anne of Green Gables but I really have a soft spot for Vianne in Chocolat. I’d love her to tell me what my favourite chocolate is … because I don’t know! In a romance sense, I did really like Sergeant McCabe in Red Sand Sunrise (Fiona McArthur) and Ric in Billabong Bend (Jennifer Scoullar).


One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
Everyone needs a little romance in their lives.


What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
That guy chatting you up at work? He’s a player. Stay away. And eat something.  Everyone’s right. You are too thin. Oh, and keep writing. You really will be a journalist one day. Although not a famous TV one.


Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
That’s the easiest question you’ve asked! Visit Italy (stay a few months, if possible) in off-peak time and soak up the food, lifestyle and culture.



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9 Comments on REVIEWER SPOTLIGHT: Write Note Reviews

  1. Reblogged this on Jennifer Scoullar and commented:
    Interesting post from Monique Mulligan from Write Note Reviews – and she lists Billabong Bend and my mate’s book Mountain Ash (Margareta Osborn) as in her top five Aussie romances for 2014!

  2. Reblogged this on Juanita Kees – Romance Author and commented:
    I’m honoured to be named one of Write Note Reviews Top Five Aussie Reads in 2014! Big squee to be in amongst these awesome Aussie reads.
    Billabong Bend by Jennifer Scoullar

    Red Sand Sunrise by Fiona McArthur

    Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns

    Under Cover of Dark by Juanita Kees

    Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn

  3. I’m thrilled to be on the list with these awesome Aussies! Monique and I share the same reading tastes 😉 Well done to you all and thanks for another great post Jaimee. Loving the news from AusRom Today.

  4. Great interview. I love your reviews Monique – they are always so well thought out. Especially great is the treat you always link with the book. Great twist on the standard review blog. And I love it that you’ve chosen Blaze as one of your top Romance Reads for the year. Happy reviewing.

  5. Jenny Schwartz // October 14, 2014 at 11:17 am // Reply

    I want to stay a few months in Florence! One day 🙂

  6. Fabulous interview Mon and J’aimee! Love getting to know my fellow book bloggers 🙂

  7. Excellent interview. I’ve watched Monique’s site evolve and can highly recommend it to anyone passionate about books.

  8. Reblogged this on In Their Own Write and commented:
    Where would authors be without book reviewers? If you’re passionate about all things bookish, Write Note Reviews is the site for you. Monique’s reviews are always well considered and insightful and she complements them by adding a ‘matched’ food treat.

  9. Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments. Apart from reading some awesome books, and I wish I could list them all, is the friends I’ve made with bloggers and authors. It’s a lovely community.

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