AUSSIE MONTH with Justine Lewis
Describe yourself in one word:
My husband would say stubborn but I would say determined.
Tell us about Acting The Part:
My latest release, Acting The Part, is a romance between a cynical gofer and a film director and takes place on movie sets in France and Los Angeles. Poppy Greenwood feels like a fraud. She has no idea how movies are made. She has no interest in how movies are made. She has purposefully avoided learning anything about her parent’s world her whole life. But circumstances force her to a deal with her father where she will work on the set of one of his movies.
What inspired this novel?
I write escapist romance and, without consciously meaning to, my books often feature celebrities. Acting the Part came about when I wondered about the children of celebrities and what it must be like to have super famous parents. That’s where Persephone Greenwood aka Poppy came from. Her mother is a beautiful actress with depression and substance abuse problems, but Poppy loves her unconditionally and will do anything to help her overcome her addiction. Even if that means entering her father’s show business world, the world of movie making, actors and celebrities. A world she blames for her mother’s problems. A world she has avoided all of her life.
I wanted my hero, Max, to be Poppy’s worst nightmare – and she his. But they slowly realise they are more alike than they first thought…
What are you reading right now?
The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Write my next book.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Reading and writing about love, relationships, conflict, emotions and how people get along is really rewarding. I also love that women are always the central characters in romances. When I want to feel good or be comforted, or laugh or be inspired, I always choose a romance.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
I have new release coming out with Destiny Romance in March 2016. It is a contemporary romance about a TV anchor woman who fears she’s reaching her use-by date and finds herself both threatened and attracted to a new gun foreign correspondent who becomes her offsider.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
Moving house and surviving! I acquired a husband, two kids and a lot of junk since I last moved house so it was a mammoth effort. I’m not quite unpacked but that’s another story…
Acting the Part
Poppy Greenwood needs money fast. Her estranged father, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, has promised to help – on the condition that she work on the set of his next movie. Although Poppy despises the world of show business, she has little choice but to agree.
Hot-shot director Max Madden has an Oscar in his sights. He needs this film to be a success but an overblown budget and a difficult cast are ruining his plans. Not only that, but the Executive Producer’s daughter has arrived to spy on him. To keep a close eye on Poppy, he insists she work directly for him.
But as they work together on location in southern France, the temperature begins to rise. Max knows the boss’s daughter is definitely off limits – and Poppy does not want a relationship with anyone in the industry. Yet against their better judgment, an intense chemistry begins to build . . .
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