AUSSIE MONTH with Virginia Taylor
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
After being an art student and a nurse/midwife, I decided to write a romance, not as easy as one might think. I had to learn the difference between showing and telling, and how to use a character’s point of view to the best advantage as well as make sure my story had a middle and an end. I could do the beginning. Finally, I managed to write five contemporaries, six historicals and one women’s fiction. The hardest part is learning how to sell them. I sold the first last year.
My second contemporary romance and the latest published is Losing Patients for Random Romance. The story combines a romance, an intrigue, some suspense, a little bit of medical, and a lot of humour. Set in the future on a space ship crewed by vampires . . . oops, no. Set in beautiful, urban South Australian.
What inspired this novel?
I was inspired by a need to see if I could write a longer romance, and Losing Patients happened.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman and The Midnight Prince by Laura Kinsale.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
To stay on the best seller list for at least a month.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Everything about being an Aussie is wonderful and I am very grateful that my ancestors decided to come here in 1837 to give future generations of their family the wonderful opportunities that we accept as our right. I’m awed by those brave people and they inspired my new series for Kensington Books, the Southlanders.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That every story has a happy ending.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
As above, I sold a series of three South Australian set historical romances to Kensington Books, USA. The first, Starling, will be published in April and the Second, Ella, in October. The third, Charlotte, will be available in January 2016. I’m working on the fourth, Wenna.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
In 2014 I sold four romances, one to Random House and the other three to Kensington. In my wildest dreams I would never have imagined doing that.
Losing Patients, a scintillating romantic suspense novel with a twist of intrigue and a lot of flirtation. Can true love be found in the hunt for a killer?
It’s Bree Branson’s first day at Pemberton Private Hospital and the last thing she needs is a patient dying in suspicious circumstances on her watch. The only person who can help her clear her name is the one person she was hoping to avoid, the devastatingly handsome Sam Vincent . . . the doctor she stood up three years ago. Forced to work together to find a killer, will Bree and Sam be able to leave their past behind to find a future together?