AUSSIE MONTH with Louise Reynolds
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I’m a scribbler from way back but only got serious in 2010. My first book Her Italian Aristocrat was a finalist in the Valerie Parv Award and luckily Destiny Romance loved it. Since then I’ve published two further novels (Outback Bride and Red Dirt Duchess) and a novella (A Kirribilli Christmas).
Tell us about Red Dirt Duchess:
It’s a story about family and the possibility that we may not be who we think we are. I loved contrasting the stark Australian outback with the rarefied circles of the English aristocracy. My English aristocrat hero and Aussie heroine appear worlds apart. Or are they?
What inspired this novel?
I find so much inspiration from my travels around Australia. I’d already decided I wanted to write a book about a female Aussie outback publican and when I saw Clifton Pugh’s famous mural on the wall of a hotel in Tibooburra I knew my heroine’s pub needed one too. From there, what the mural represented and how it wound through the story, started to form in my mind. Some days later, in Innamincka, I witnessed some tired and grumpy tourists who the hotel had forgotten to pick up from the airstrip, walk into the pub. It wasn’t hard to imagine a gorgeous, but grumpy English aristocrat in the same position. I had my opening.
What are you reading right now?
Isolde Martyn’s wonderful Mistress To The Crown. If you like Philippa Gregory you’ll love Isolde’s books. Even better, Isolde’s an Australian writer with both a RITA and RUBY award to her name.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
My bucket list revolves around food these days: make the perfect choux pastry, the perfect bread etc. I really must write a foodie heroine one day J
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Only one thing? You’re asking me to choose between our laconic humour, laid back lifestyle, great weather, awesome fresh foods and stunning scenery? Hmmm. I love all that but I guess the best thing is the freedom we enjoy.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That it has a hundred different shades and isn’t the generic bodice-ripper that people like to joke about. Whether it’s sweet, inspirational, suspense, dark erotic, cheeky, paranormal and many more as well, the romance genre has something for everyone.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
I’m working on a single title with multiple points of view, which is a new challenge for me. I’m also hoping to complete another shorter romance.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
The big writing achievements were having Red Dirt Duchess and A Kirribilli Christmas published.
Red Dirt Duchess
When English society playboy Jonathan Hartley-Huntley is sent to outback Australia after a disastrous affair with his editor, all he wants is to take a few pictures, do a quick interview and get back to his usual life of luxury as soon as possible. Until he meets his host, the irresistible Charlie Hughes, and suddenly the back of beyond is a lot more appealing.
Running the pub is a labour of love for Charlie and she has no desire to ever leave the tiny town of Bindundilly. That is, until Jon discovers an old painting that raises questions about both their lives. Charlie impulsively decides to follow him to London, and as the feelings between them begin to deepen, she starts to wonder if there’s more to life than the pub. But at Jon’s family home, the magnificent Hartley Hall, they become acutely aware of the differences between them, and it soon seems clear they have no future together – especially if Jon’s mother has her way.
Family and tradition threaten the course of true love in this warm and witty novel from the author of Outback Bride and Her Italian Aristocrat