AUSSIE MONTH with Melanie Scott
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I’ve always written since I was a kid though I drifted away from it a bit through university and starting out in the real world. When I decided to try again and take it seriously it took almost ten years to sell a book. My first book, Shadow Kin which is gaslight fantasy came out in 2010 and I thought I’d be writing only fantasy for a while but in 2012 I accidentally sold the New York Saints trilogy. So my eighth book came out in January.
Tell us about Angel in Armani:
Angel in Armani is the second book in my New York Saints series which is about three guys who buy the worst team in Major League Baseball to try and save it. It’s kind of a Cinderella story though my Cinderella (Sara Charles, helicopter pilot) is pretty set on rescuing herself and it takes some time for the hero (Lucas Angelo, orthopaedic surgeon and one of the owners of the Saints) to get her to give him a chance.
What inspired this novel?
When I was coming up with the concept for the Saints books, I knew I wanted to make one of the heroes a surgeon (I have a hopeless devotion to Grey’s Anatomy). And I wanted to be the heroine from a background that wasn’t wealthy like his. Then I had to come up with how she might meet him and the idea of her being a charter helicopter pilot popped into my head and it took off from there.
What are you reading right now?
Seanan Mcguire’s October Daye series and Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I’d like to spend a few months each writing and living in New York, London and Tuscany.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Being surrounded by people who, mostly, don’t take life too seriously.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That it’s smart, it’s fun, it’s sexy and there’s something for everyone
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
In May, the next New York Saints book, Lawless in Leather comes out. And, before that, in April, the first book of my new fantasy series (written as M.J. Scott) comes out. It’s called The Shattered Court. After that, we’ll see!
What were your big achievements of 2014?
I had five books out and I found a new hobby I love (watercolour painting/sketching).
Angel in Armani
WILL A LOVE OF THE GAME
Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.
LEAD TO A FIELD OF DREAMS?
But there is a catch: Lucas also needs Sara. Spring training is upon him, and his schedule is madness. So he asks Sara to be his personal pilot. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. She intends to keep him at arm’s length—especially when she discovers just what different lives they have. Little does Sara know that, for Lucas, the only thing more important than business is pleasure. He only plays to win. And he intends to hit it out of the park…