AUSSIE MONTH with Claire Boston
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I can remember writing stories as a six-year-old, and the love of telling stories never left me. At university I took a couple of creative writing units and started writing a fantasy novel but then life got in the way. About eight years ago, I decided to get serious about my writing with an aim to get published. I write both fantasy and romance novels and my first novel, a contemporary romance called What Goes On Tour, was released by Momentum in February 2014.
Tell us about What Goes On Tour:
What Goes On Tour is a bit different from your normal rock star romance. The hero, Adrian, is a mega famous rock star, but that’s just his persona. Away from the stage, he’s actually a shy introvert who has guardianship of his ten-year-old niece, Kate. That’s where the heroine, Libby comes in. Kate needs a new nanny when her other one quits unexpectedly, and Libby is desperate for work. She agrees to look after Kate for the duration of Adrian’s Australian tour. Then issues arise when the ex-nanny decides to stir up trouble for them all.
What inspired this novel?
The idea for the novel came to me while I was watching a music video show. Marilyn Manson came on and I wondered why he used the makeup that he did. Then my imagination spiralled down the ‘what if’ tunnel. What if that was the only way he could perform on stage? What if he was really the sweetest person underneath, but needed the persona to sing? What if … and so Adrian and his Kent persona were born.
What are you reading right now?
I’m between books at the moment but I’m deciding which book I’ll pick up next; Matthew Reilly’s The Great Zoo of China, or Michelle Diener’s The Golden Apple. I’ve also got a whole lot of books on my Kobo to read as well.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I’d like to live overseas for a year – maybe in the UK so I could also do trips to Europe. I’d also like to skydive.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
I love being Australian. I love the weather, the beautiful beaches, the friendly relaxed atmosphere and the way we help each other out when times are tough.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
I think most of the readers here already understand that the romance genre is a feel-good, happily ever after promise. It promotes strong women, and the message that people deserve to be loved for who they are. There are no perfect heroes, only men who are a perfect match for the heroine of the story.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
The next two books of the series are coming out in April and August 2015, with the final book coming out in January 2016. These books still have Libby, Adrian and Kate in them as minor characters, but the romances are between others. George finds his perfect match and so does Piper.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
My biggest achievement was the release of my first novel, What Goes On Tour. The ebook came out in February and the print book came out in July. Aside from that, I’ve managed to write four more novels in 2014, which I’m really pleased about.
What Goes on Tour
What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?
Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock God, Kent Downer, and that’s the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his Australian tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.
Until Libby Myles walks into his life.
Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer’s niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it’s the rock star that’s the issue.
Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone’s good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he’s out of costume he’s different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it’s a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.
But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there’s more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …