AUSSIE MONTH with Lisa Heidke
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
A hundred years ago I was a feature writer on Bride to Be and Practical Parenting magazines…writing about breast feeding in the morning and making the most of your sexy assets in the afternoon.
Tell us about It Started with a Kiss and what inspired this novel:
Like my protagonist, Friday Jones, I have friends whose marriages and long term relationships have fallen apart and suddenly they find themselves alone and lonely – the only singles at the table. How do they meet people? Quite a few have gone on dating sites like RSVP. I thought it would be a good premise for a story. Friday joins fictional dating site, KissMeCupid.com. I interviewed friends who have dived into online dating and was enthralled with the concept – how it works (and often doesn’t!), the successes and the horror stories.
What are you reading right now?
Marian Keyes, The Woman who stole my life
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Visit the pyramids in Egypt.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Our laid back sense of humour and adorable accent.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
The genre is expanding. It’s not just about boy meets girl or girl meets girl. The romance genre has depth, pain and heartbreak. There may be fluff and glitter, but it’s ultimately real and readers will relate, whatever their age and stage of their romantic journey.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
My fifth novel with Allen & Unwin, It Started with a Kiss was released on January 1. Right now my focus is on promoting this book. (BTW, I am available to chat at book clubs – if yours isn’t in Sydney, I can always skype!)
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Getting a publishing contract for It Started with a Kiss though writing wise, I’ve been a bit slack. I am hoping that 2015 is more settled so I can knuckle down and stick to a writing schedule!
It Started With a Kiss
Friday Jones is distraught when Liam, her husband of nearly twenty years and the father of their teenage daughters, tells her their marriage is over. Still heartbroken months later, Friday is deeply flattered when a funny, handsome man takes an interest in her. From their very first kiss, Friday finds it difficult to control her attraction for him despite numerous warning signals.
When Friday’s best friend, Rosie, discovers Friday is risking further emotional pain she convinces her to end the relationship. Online dating takes centre stage in the novel when Friday joins KissMeCupid.com.
Not long after Friday dives into the world of online romance she starts taking wrong turns. Could one of her flings have become a little too obsessed with her? And has the time come to step back and take a good look at where she’s going in life?
It Started with a Kiss is a story about love, desire and how sometimes heartbreak can lead to a much happier life.
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