AUSSIE MONTH Mae Archer
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I am the author of two contemporary romance novels published by Momentum.
Tell us about Hollywood Dreams:
Hollywood Dreams is about former soap star Tom Calvart who’s trying to make it as a serious actor, but falls in love while he’s in character in preparation for his next movie role. Maree Reynard is the woman who has no illusions about the glamorous Hollywood life. She falls in love with Beau Tennant, not knowing that he is a fictional character. Now Tom has to try and get the woman he loves to fall in love with the real him.
What inspired this novel?
I love stories that contain a sense of mistaken identity and where the hero has to work hard to prove himself worthy of the heroine’s love. I kept having this idea about a woman falling in love with an ordinary guy, only to find out he is actually something extraordinary and after having this idea for years, when I sat down to write it, the story just poured out of me.
What are you reading right now?
Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot. This was a book I came to without any expectations and then had my mind blown by the audacious originality of the plot and love story.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Learn to play piano.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
That we lack in pretension and know how to have a fun time.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Romance is the best fun read. Where else will you get such a melding of genres, writing styles, and fantasy lives that you can vicariously experience from your reading chair.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
I’m working on the second book in my Dreams trilogy titled Vintage Dreams and am loving immersing myself in all things vintage.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Having my second novel published and receiving lovely reviews.
She’s fallen for his greatest role. But can she fall for him?
Former soap star Tom Calvert dreams of making movies that matter. To get the part of a lifetime he becomes a method actor, living as Beau Tennant, a war hero with a disabling injury. While in character he meets Maree Reynard, a costume designer, and takes her on a date. But when this practice date becomes all too real he realizes that he’s made the mistake of a lifetime. Will he be able to get Maree to fall in love with Tom Calvert?
Maree Reynard’s father is an actor and she has grown up on a studio lot. She has no illusions about the artifice of the movie-making business and has vowed she would never date an actor. When she meets and falls in love with Beau Tennant she knows that she’s found her dream man who is genuine and real. But when Beau disappears from her life she is heartbroken. She meets Tom Calvert on the rebound and sees their flirtation as a way of recovering her shattered confidence. Will Tom Calvert be able to convince her he is the real deal?