AUSSIE MONTH with Theresa Smith
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I have a degree in Journalism and Sociology, both of which required a lot of writing at the time. I have always loved writing and creativity, finally returning to it after a long break of having babies, utilising other creative outlets, and working.
Tell us about Yellow Light:
Yellow Light is a sequel to my first novel, Somebody I Used To Know. I never intended to write a sequel, I am to a certain degree a little bit anti sequels but there were many readers who were asking for more of this story, and the more they asked, the more I started thinking about it, and the next thing I knew I was writing it and it was all coming out at a pace that suggested it was always meant to be. Since writing this book and garnering initial feedback, I have plans to write a third for this series with one of the new characters introduced in this book at its centre.
What inspired this novel?
While reader requests for more pushed me to think about this novel, the story itself was inspired by a combination of factors. A book I read, a movie I saw, and my job working in a Senior High School. I wanted to tell a story about how a person could be broken down into so many damaged parts yet still triumph with the ability to love and hope for the future. Teenagers can be remarkable young people in their capacity to take on the world and believe wholeheartedly in their own ability to succeed. They can also destruct, both themselves and others, and never get over it. All of these factors converged within me to write Yellow Light and I am thrilled with how the story unfolded.
What are you reading right now?
I have developed a rather intense book affair with Cecelia Ahern after watching PS I Love You. I read Love, Rosie straight after and now I’m halfway through How To Fall In Love, which I might add, is fabulous.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
To spend a year living in Canada where I don’t have to do anything except write, read, and enjoy the surrounds with my family.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Living in such a beautiful free country with no restrictions. We can cross borders, talk to any person we want to, go to any school or university available to us, read anything we want. There are so many freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis, all within the beauty of our landscape. We really are very lucky.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That it has a lot to offer and is probably not what they think it is. Romance has so many sub genres and appeals to so many people without them even realising. It’s not all about boy meets girl with something going wrong before they live happily ever after. There is that certainly, but there’s a lot more as well. I want readers to hold up their romance books proudly, to give them as gifts to both men and women, because romance books are often about family, drama, and social issues against a backdrop of romance. Many literature novels have romance at their heart, they’re just hiding behind a different tag!
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
I am writing a family saga at present and I also intend on writing the third book in The Somebody I Used To Know series. So, one long one and one short one. A bit like what I did in 2014!
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Probably publishing two books. I wasn’t intending on it, but it all worked out that way and it’s now provided me with a solid goal for 2015.
An absorbing and moving Australian family drama by the author of Somebody I Used To Know and In The Arms of Sleep.
Being a teenager can have its ups and downs, but for Vanessa, the last year of her life seems to be on a permanent downward slide that appears to have no end in sight. The one highlight in her life, her solid relationship with her boyfriend Finn is the only thing she clings to, but Finn’s lifeis not without its dramas also.
As the two are faced with a series of shocking events, they must both come to terms with who they are as individuals if they hope to move forward as a couple. For Nick, adjusting to his new life with Nora and Vanessa is not without its challenges. He finds himself increasingly torn between the woman he has always loved and the daughter he is desperate to bond with as the relationship between mother and daughter deteriorates to a near irreparable state. Sequel to the compelling Somebody I Used To Know, all our favourite characters return to tell the rest of their story in this family drama that will have you both laughing and crying from start to finish.
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