AUSSIE MONTH with Noelle Clark
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
Short stories, academic papers, work-related on-line course content writing, songwriting, travel journals, and now novels.
Tell us about Honor’s Debt:
When travelling in Ireland a couple of years ago I was keen to visit a particular village in County Tipperary where my family comes from. I found the village, found some family members, and found a fragile yet unmistakeable tie to the place and the people. In Honor’s Debt, I gave the village the fictitious name of Timpelaire, but it’s modelled on the real place my great-grandparents lived. That farm is still owned and worked by cousins. What better way to get to know someone or somewhere than to write a story about it?
What are you reading right now?
I’m working my way through books that have been sitting on top of my TBR pile for far too long. Books written by friends.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
It’s time for another trip to the UK and Europe. I just know it.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Freedom to live as we choose.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
I see elements of romance in just about every book or film. What romance writers have though, is a licence to write stories full of fabulous action, adventure, mystery, suspense—you name it—and to infuse a wonderful romantic chemistry into their story, enriching it, and promising to deliver a happy for now-ish ending. Romance books lift readers’ spirits.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
Books 2 and 3 of the Robinhill Farm Series will be out in March and July respectively. These books continue the stories of the residents of Robinhill, rural family sagas that delve into family secrets and hidden desires. Book 2, Honor’s Promise, is the story of Liam’s journey and his realisation of self-fulfilment. I have several other projects on the go for 2015 and in all, I should have five releases next year if all goes to plan.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
I loved working with fellow Queensland authors Eva Scott, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, and Susanne Bellamy on our Christmas anthology. It was a fun project and we hope to do it again in 2015. I was excited to have Honor’s Debt released. Book 1 of a new series is a big deal, especially as it is my first series. I also set into play a very big project which I hope will come to fruition in the latter half of 2015, but I can’t say any more right now.
On a quest to make amends for a long-ago indiscretion, Honor unexpectedly discovers the one thing she’s been missing in her life.
Alone in the world, Honor Quirk arrives in Ireland excited, and a bit anxious, about meeting up with the estranged family of her late great-grandmother. She has a promise to fulfil, a debt to repay.
At Robinhill Farm, she finds herself amongst an extended family who are very different from, yet similar to her, and she is keen to get to know them better. However, the welcome from the residents of Robinhill is confusing and far from comforting.
The tie to the old family farm is strong and Honor falls under its spell, never wanting to leave. When love eventually finds her, it arrives in unexpected, and perhaps unwelcome ways.