AUSSIE MONTH: Loretta Hill
AUSSIE MONTH with Loretta Hill
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regards to writing?
I have been writing since I was a little kid but have been published in novel length fiction since 2009.
Tell us about The Maxwell Sisters:
The Maxwell Sisters is a romantic comedy about family, secrets and falling in love. It follows the lives of three estranged sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe who are called to return to their childhood home, Tawny Brooks estate, when Phoebe decides to get married there. Tawny Brooks Estate is located in the gorgeous Margaret River Wine Region and is owned by their father, a renowned winemaker. These sisters, who were once best friends as children, must face their past and learn to rely on each other again.
What inspired this novel?
I have three sisters myself. So I know all about the dynamic between siblings. Sister relationships can be very complicated but also so rewarding. There’s so much wrapped in them, rivalry, jealousy, idolization, admiration, love and protection. I think many readers will relate to this story particularly all the family issues the girls get caught up in. There was also plenty of opportunity for comedy and romance. I have three handsome heroes in this book, all with very different personalities and agendas. I hope readers enjoy each of the sister’s journey to find love.
What are you reading right now?
Lucy’s Kiss by Rachael Herron
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I’d love to go on a cruise one day.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
There’s “no worries.”
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Shakespeare was a romance writer and he was and still is one of the most admired writers on earth. Be proud of what you read. It covers the most essential human experience… love.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
I’m going on tour! I’ll be travelling through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia from 16th Feb to 7th March talking about writing and The Maxwell Sisters. I would love to meet as many readers as possible. My favourite thing to talk about is books and writing. So if you’d like to pop down to a bookstore or library to meet me please check my events page for full details of my itinerary. See you all soon!
What were your big achievements of 2014?
The Girl in the Yellow Vest hit shelves in Jan 2014 and was very well received.
So was Operation: Valentine, which came out in February 2014. It’s a wonderful Valentine’s Day romance about a girl who is always unlucky in love.
I became an Aunty for the fifth time when my nephew Benedict Haydon was born on the 7th July.
I met my agent, Clare Forster in person for the very first time in Sydney in August (up until that point we had only had a phone/email relationship.) It was great to finally put a face to the voice.
I was in Sydney around that time for the RWA writers conference which was fabulous as usual.
I started and completed The Maxwell Sisters. Now due on shelves.
The Maxwell Sisters
All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.
Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past – and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home . . .
Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can’t take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.
But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, The Maxwell Sisters must find a way back to one another – or risk losing each other forever.
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Hope to catch up with you in NSW Loretta. Great interview.
Would love to meet you Ann! Love catching up with readers. See you then.