AUSSIE MONTH with Jane Tara
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about Hamlet’s Ghost:
Hamlet’s Ghost is about a woman who moves to a small Massachusetts’ town to bring an old theatre back to life, and finds herself helping the theatre ghost perform Hamlet, in a bid to help him over to the other side. It’s a romcom. I finished this book at the bedside of my old drama teacher and dear friend, as I helped her over to the other side. I pressed send to my editor two hours before my friend died. It was all so connected… and a powerful experience. So the book has a lot of meaning for me.
What inspired this novel?
I studied acting many years ago at the Ensemble Studios in Sydney. The school was located in the Independent Theatre in North Sydney… and there were many tales about the theatre ghost. I loved that theatre, so I guess the inspiration for Hamlet’s Ghost came from there.
What are you reading right now?
I’ve just finished reading The Red Tent. I’m not sure why it took so long for me to read that one. I loved it.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I don’t believe in bucket lists. To me that is a list of wonderful experiences we put off until it’s almost too late. Instead I choose to have experiences rather than things all the time. A few months ago I took my four sons backpacking around South East Asia and we watched the sun rise over Angkor Wat. That was amazing. Next year we’re backpacking around China. But one adventure I intend to have as soon as my sons are old enough for me to leave them alone for a month… is the Trans Siberian Railway journey from Beijing to Moscow. One day I’ll walk the Camino as well.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
I lived overseas to thirteen years, so what I enjoyed most about moving back to Australia was the quality of life. But I also believe we’re at a point where we need to be more vocal about holding onto the things that make that quality of life so high.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
It’s so vast, there’s something for everyone… even those who like to say, “I never read romance.”
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
I’m very excited about a new non-fiction travel book I’ve been writing, plus a wonderful series of romance novels set in various fabulous locations around the world. I call this series ROADMANCE.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
My travel writing has been taking precedence this year, and I’ve been sharing what I know about budget family travel, with pieces in the Australian and the Daily Telegraph, and an appearance on the Weekend Today Show.
Rhiannon Dee, a gorgeous witch, moves to a country town to reopen a theatre and finds herself torn between the man who owns it, and his father who haunts it.
Kip Daniels has been haunting the Hamlet Majestic for thirty dull years, ever since the stage roof collapsed on him during what was meant to be his piece de resistance: his performance of Hamlet. All he really wants is to get to the end of the play, but that won’t happen while the theatre stands abandoned and boarded up. He’s resigned himself to an endless limbo … until Rhiannon Dee moves to town to bring the theatre back to life.
Rhi has fled a failed life in New York. She can’t find work as an actress. She’s overshadowed by her mother who has a hit TV show about witchcraft. Rhi is sick of being seen as a witch and intends to turn her back on the craft. But she quickly discovers she can’t escape her gifts, especially when she needs to use them to help one very sexy but sad ghost cross over. Surrounded by new friends and supportive townsfolk, Rhi breathes new life into the Hamlet Majestic, and helps Kip accept his death.
Hamlet’s Ghost is a story about those moments in life that define us, and how to truly move forward we must find peace with the past.
Hamlet’s Ghost is the third book in the Shakespeare Sisters series.
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