10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Madeline Ash
- If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be and what would be your lead question?
I’d interview Hannah Gadsby (following the success of Nanette) and ask, “If you could erase any one word from the human vocabulary, what would it be?”
- Your most played song/band?
Everything by Laura Marling. I could play her albums on repeat for the rest of my life and still adore every song.
- Favourite genre of romance?
It’s probably strange as a contemporary romance author, but my favourite romances are usually YA.
- Favourite food?
No! Too hard! But okay, I’ll give myself some wiggle room by saying Mexican. I’m vegan, and it’s the best veganised cuisine. Nachos, burritos, tacos, salsas, jalapeno sauce, pulled jackfruit with black beans…
- Favourite drink?
Tea. Black, no sugar.
- If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Flight (though close second is the ability to never get stopped in traffic/always find a carpark directly out front my destination).
- If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Wondering why I’m not writing? Another hard one! I’m passionate about health, environmental sustainability, and animal rights, and I love cooking. So maybe developing healthy plant-based recipes.
- Favourite quote?
This always changes, but at the moment it’s John Green. “If you have a worldview that can be undone with one novel—the problem is not with the novel.”
- Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know…
I hate circles. They’re my least favourite shape. I won’t wear material with a spotted print and circular windows actually make me shudder. Spheres are fine—completely different (somehow)—but circles? No way.
- Most famous person you’ve ever met? Tell us about the meeting!
Clare Bowditch. I talked to her after one of her shows. She was so friendly and down-to-earth, and happy to have a good chat. Aside from that, I’ve been in the same foyer as Guy Pearce before an arts performance.
The Wedding Obsession
Emmie Morgan woke up from heart transplant surgery, saw her best friend Brandon Tan sitting by her bedside, and promptly asked him to marry her. If there was a faster way to ruin a friendship, she didn’t know it.
One year on, Bran has returned home to open a restaurant and Emmie adds trying to make amends to her already chaotic life. She’s also running her own music venue, battling survivor’s guilt—oh, and secretly tending a wedding obsession sprung from her near-death experience.
Bran needs answers. But all Emmie has are problems. Hating that he couldn’t help her last time, he resolves to ease the trouble in her eyes. He sets aside their attraction and awkward past and tries to focus on being friends again.
If she would just stop trying on wedding dresses…