AUSSIE MONTH with Belinda Williams
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I’m a childhood book lover, teenage daydreamer and sometimes writer, turned adult marketing professional and copywriter who realised she missed the creativity of her younger years. So I allowed myself to daydream again, but with a heavy dose of adult practicality to turn those daydreams into reality!
Tell us about The Boyfriend Sessions:
The Boyfriend Sessions is a novel for contemporary romance and chick-lit fans. After fleeing a romantic proposal in Paris, Christa Morrison turns to her closest friends for reassurance but instead they declare her a relationship junkie in need of friend-imposed intervention! What follows is a rocky journey—sometimes funny, sometimes painful—and when Christa finds herself falling in love with someone her closest friend doesn’t approve of she’s faced with an impossible decision. Does she follow her heart, which she’s only just learning to trust, or should she remain loyal to her girlfriends? It’s about the friendships that see us through the good and bad, and the sort of love worth falling hard for.
What inspired The Boyfriend Sessions?
On the surface, the idea for The Boyfriend Sessions ‘just came to me’ but in reality there were a few sources of inspiration. I had the opening of the novel in my head for a while. I loved the concept of an Aussie girl caught unawares by her French boyfriend’s romantic proposal at the Eiffel Tower and how she would flee that proposal (and the country!) Then I started to think about why she would flee that proposal…
I’d also recently seen the movie What’s Your Number? in which the main character wonders if her one true love was among her ex-boyfriends and goes back to find every single one with hilarious consequences!
Added to that I enjoy books that focus on friendships with girlfriends, as well as the romantic relationships, and the ideas all sort of meshed together in my head until I had that ‘ah ha!’ moment where the concept of The Boyfriend Sessions was born.
What are you reading right now?
An ARC of The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill. I like to support other Aussie authors and there’s just so much great talent in our country. I regularly review and feature new releases on my website when I can. The Maxwell Sisters is due to be released in January and it’s another fantastic romance read from Loretta Hill. Be sure to look out for it!
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
To drive a Lamborghini.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Aside from our down-to-earth sense of humour, it’s definitely got to be the weather!
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That romance readers should be proud of their reading choice because it’s one of the world’s favourite genres. It’s written by incredibly talented authors and read by people from all walks of life.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
For readers who enjoyed The Boyfriend Sessions, there will be more adventures from Christa’s friends. I’m in the final stages of editing Maddy’s story, and I’m currently working on the first draft of Scarlett’s. So, all going well, there will be lots happening in 2015!
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Having The Boyfriend Sessions published by Momentum! Earlier in the year, The Boyfriend Sessions was also named a top ten finalist in The Romance Writers of Australia Emerald award.
The Boyfriend Sessions
Please take your seats. The journey to happiness may involve some turbulence.
Christa Morrison has commitment issues, a fact that quickly becomes apparent after she flees a romantic proposal in Paris, the thunder of impending wedding bells ringing in her ears.
Back in Sydney, she turns to her closest friends for reassurance. Instead they offer her a startling and painful diagnosis: she’s a relationship junkie. The cure? An extreme rehabilitation program guaranteed to reform even the most L-word illiterate.
With her girlfriends along for the ride, Christa commits to their radical plan and the chances of recovery look good. The only problem is Max Spencer. The one guy Christa—and her friends—never expected her to fall for. But he’s proving to be a temptation she may not have the willpower to resist…
For a shot at happiness, is being with Max worth betraying her friends? And will Christa have the strength to trust her heart when her colorful relationship history comes back to haunt her?
It might just be enough to make a poor girl leave the country (again).