AUSSIE MONTH with KM Golland
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I don’t really have one. I opened my laptop one day and started writing. Within a month and a half, I’d written Temptation (my first book). Then, nearly 12 months to that date, I’d written another 2.5 books and secured a publishing contract with Harlequin. It was all very surreal. Still is J
Tell us about Discovering Stella.
Well, Stella Walker is twenty-six years old and hiding from a past that haunts her on a daily basis. In a desperate attempt to escape the torment of her memories, she tries to rebuild her life and move on. She seeks the seclusion of a rural town and tracks down a distant relative who she knows will help her, but who is unaware of the past she is trying to flee. What Stella doesn’t anticipate, is meeting Lawson.
Lawson Drake is twenty-nine years old, a mechanic who owns an auto service and smash repair shop. When he comes across a broken-down car by the side of the road, he is intrigued by its owner—a caramel-eyed brunette who clearly has a score to settle, not only with her defective vehicle, but with anyone who tries to get too close. The thing is, Lawson wants close. He wants more than close. He wants as close as he can possibly get.
What inspired this novel?
Discovering Stella was actually inspired by Colleen Hoover’s book Hopeless. Hopeless was the first ebook I’d ever read. I Loved it and, after reading it, wanted to create a jigsaw style book whereby one piece of the story would be strategically released at a time so that at the end of the book you could piece them all together to form the full picture.
What are you reading right now?
Black Lies by Alessandra Torre.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
To drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
We are a people of acceptance, of freedom of religion, and of vast choice in many, many things. To be Australian is to be an individual with the world at their feet. We really are very fortunate.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That it is extremely vast. No love story is the same, nor should it be defined by a pre-conceived notion.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
A hell of a lot! LOL. I’m not lying. I plan to release 3-4 full-length novels and a short story. And I have two international book signings, one in the US and one in Canada, not to mention four in Australia. So 2015 is shaping up to be a BIG year!
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Oh … I don’t know, perhaps releasing 4.5 books with Harlequin Australia J