AUSSIE MONTH with Tea Cooper
Describe yourself in one word:
Capricious (I love that word!)
What is your background with regard to writing?
It began with crayons on my bedroom wall (I can still remember the belting!) then I started my working life as a journalist, became a teacher (English and History major), dabbled in PR, completed my Masters in Literacy and Creative Writing, taught Reading and Writing and English as a Second Language, retired and did what I had always wanted to do – write! Everything revolves around writing.
Tell us about Forgotten Fragrance your latest novel:
Forgotten Fragrance is the first in a new Australian historical series – FROM THE OCEAN TO THE OUTBACK. It releases in February with Escape Publishing
What inspired this novel?
A love of sailing, a trip aboard the magnificent three-masted tall ship Southern Swan and an over active imagination.
What are you reading right now?
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
To retire and write fiction … tick!
Return to Bhutan—I went there a long time ago and now the country is open I would love to go back and spend some time there.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
I grew up in London and came to Australia in my early twenties, for a visit – and never went ‘home’. I couldn’t live anywhere else – I love the sense of space, the beaches and the bush and the fact the sky is just so much higher.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
Hopefully the second book in the series FROM THE OCEAN TO THE OUTBACK, THE WAGES OF SIN, a spin off from JAZZ BABY which tells the story of Ted and Cynthia, my first regency – The CAPER MERCHANT, a novella to be published as part of a boxed set with other authors. And two more self published Australian rural romances set in Blue Gum Flat, the fictional town in THE JOURNEY HOME.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Without a doubt my first foray into selfpublishing with the re-release of my earlier books TREE CHANGE, THE JOURNEY HOME and PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY. What a fantastic learning curve and a huge amount of fun. Did I mention that I’m a control freak?
Only one woman can confirm his innocence, and release him from the torments of his past.
Determined to throw off the shackles of her convict past, Charlotte Oliver accepts her employer’s marriage proposal, even though she does not love him, and together they board a refitted whaling schooner bound for Sydney to begin their new life.
But life has a way of disrupting plans, and during the voyage the Zephyrus undergoes a mutiny. Captain Christian Charity loses his ship, but he also risks losing so much more. Charlotte has, in her possession, a tiny blue bottle and an Angel coin. On their own, they mean nothing more than a keepsake, but to Christian, they could mean everything – a past remade and a future with love.