AUSSIE MONTH with Karly Lane
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I have been published with Allen & Unwin since 2010, and have 5 titles released. I also Indie publish a line of fantasy, NA and romantic suspense under Karlene Blakemore-Mowle.
Tell us about Gemma’s Bluff:
Gemma’s Bluff is a story about two girls; Jaz and Gemma, out on one last adventure after finishing Uni. Jaz had always dreamed of being a Jillaroo and a working holiday seemed like the perfect way to spend their last vacation together before they went their own ways out in the big, wide world. The only hitch? They had no actual experience with anything remotely countrified. But with a little help from Google and YouTube, surely two reasonably intelligent women could bluff their way through most of it?
What inspired this novel?
I wanted a fun angle to write into a rural fiction story line. So what could be more fun than two girls from the city, yearning to live out a McLeod’s Daughters dream?
What are you reading right now?
I’ve actually started reading a series of Children’s books that I bought for my 8 year old for Christmas. It’s a series based on Australian history called; Our Australian Girl Series by Penny Matthews. They’re really cool! I was a bit worried that they might be a bit above my little girl, so I’m reading each book after she finishes one, so we can ‘talk’ about them.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Go to Craig’s Hut in the Snowy Mountains.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Where we live. It doesn’t matter if you live on the coast or in the centre; every corner of our country is beautiful.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Rural romance is more than just a romance. It’s about the community it’s set in—the town itself, the landscape as well as the central characters.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
I’ll have two novels released in 2015; one called Burnt about a wounded SAS soldier who returns home to heal and reconnects with his first love and another set in Townsville, as yet untitled. I’m very excited about both books and can’t wait to share them with you.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
On a personal level it was finally buying our little piece of paradise; a small farm we plan on building on in the near future.
On a working holiday in the country, away from commitments and other people’s expectations, will Gemma find love and a new way of life?
Smart and reliable, Gemma Northcote has always done what’s expected of her. So it’s not surprising that after uni she defers to her father’s wish that she join the family business.
Gemma’s best friend, Jasmine, is a different personality altogether. She thrives on spontaneity, is unpredictable and has generally pursued her own path.
When Gemma and Jasmine decide to spend a working holiday on a large rural property, their friends and family are surprised. Neither has any experience of country life (unless you count Jasmine’s love of McLeod’s Daughters) and they’re not exactly farming types.
Away from her family, Gemma feels liberated. The longer she’s away the more she questions what she really wants to do with her future. Ultimately, she realises she needs to choose between duty and what’s right for her in life – and love.
From the bestselling author of Bridie’s Choice and Poppy’s Dilemma, this inspirational novel is sure to appeal to anyone who’s questioned the direction they should take for true happiness.