AUSSIE MONTH with Rachael Johns
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about The Patterson Girls:
The Patterson Girls is a story about four sisters who discover a family curse when packing up their deceased mother’s possessions. This possible curse affects them all in different ways and causes a little mayhem as various sisters try to prove it wrong.
What inspired this novel?
It was actually inspired by a weed – called Paterson’s Curse or Salvation Jane, which I thought was a beautiful purple flower. A farming friend told me otherwise and then said I should write a rural romance called PATERSON’S CURSE because it was a great title; I agreed and off I went. In the end, it became a little bigger than my rural romances and the focus is more on the relationships between sisters than lovers, but I promise you there’s still a LOT of romance in The Patterson Girls.
What are you reading right now?
I’m halfway through Tricia Stringer’s BETWEEN THE VINES and am also about to start THE DRESSMAKER for my book club.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Learn to quilt!
Best thing about being an Aussie?
The landscape – I LOVE our beautiful country so much and wish I had more time to explore it.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That although it’s enjoyable, easy reading, it’s also a lot more complex and bigger than people imagine. There are many subgenres and romances often explore serious issues as well.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
I have a January release with Escape Publishing, which is part of the Secrets Confessions: Down and Dusty series; my story, CASEY, is the first in the series. Then in March I have the release of OUTBACK SISTERS, the fourth book in my Bunyip Bay series. I’m also excited that I’ll have another women’s fiction/life lit out later in the year and that my first category romance will be published with Harlequin Special Edition in August. It’s shaping up to be a BIG year!
What were your big achievements of 2015?
Finishing more books! Every time I write THE END, it feels like an achievement, because there are always struggles during the writing of each book. I was also nominated for my first RUBY Award, which was very exciting!
The Patterson Girls
How can four sisters build the futures they so desperately want, when the past is reaching out to claim them?
When the Patterson daughters return home to Meadow Brook to be with their father after their mother’s death, they bring with them a world of complication and trouble.
The eldest sister, obstetrician Madeleine, would rather be anywhere but her hometown, violinist Abigail has fled from her stellar career, while teacher Lucinda is struggling to have the children she and her husband so desperately want. The black sheep of the family, Charlie, feels her life as a barista and exercise instructor doesn’t measure up to that of her gifted and successful sisters.
Dealing with their bereft father who is determined to sell the family motel, their loves old and new and a series of troublesome decisions doesn’t make life any easier, but when they go through their mother’s possessions and uncover the shocking secret of an old family curse, they begin to question everything they thought they knew.
A warm and wise novel about secrets revealed, finding your soulmate and the unique bond between sisters.
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