Secret Confessions: Viveka Portman





Tell us a little more about your housewife, Emma:
Emma is a neurotic housewife. She’s increasingly feeling like a failure as she’s unable to have a second child, while her husband is going from strength to strength in his pro-surfing career. Basically, she’s terrified of losing him as he travels around the world surrounded by adoring fans. However, by agonising and fretting about that, she is losing herself in the process. Emma thinks she needs to give her husband carte blanche in the bedroom and follow him on his surf tours to keep a watchful eye. However Lachlan ‘Rosco’ Ross, a devoted husband and father doesn’t need a watchful eye, but rather a warm, happy wife to come home to.

What inspired Emma’s story:
Emma was inspired by all those women who feel a little lost in their marriages, lives and careers. I wanted to capture that peculiar state of emotion where on the outside everything appears fine, but really, inside everything is going wrong.

What was your biggest challenge in writing Emma’s story?
I think it was balancing the sexiness with her fears. Neurotic housewife and sexy were like polka dots and stripes at first, they just clashed! She has been one of my trickiest characters yet!

Why will we love Emma?
I think there is a little bit of Emma in all of us – maybe not exactly, but we all have fears and hurts we try to ignore and cover up. Emma’s story potentially could be any woman’s story.

The Housewives of Sydney series promises that we’ll “find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country”. What was the appeal of joining this series? Similarly, what has been the biggest challenge?
I think it’s the thrill of looking behind the closed doors of the rich and famous and discovering that they’re human and have some quirky needs and wants! The biggest challenge for me was writing straight contemporary! I’ve never just written contemporary erotic romance before. I’ve been buried in Regency England for five books, so getting my head around a modern day Sydney socialite was quite a challenge… but one well worth it!



Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Emma
Viveka Portman

Travel, money, a gorgeous pro-surfer husband, healthy son, and a new house overlooking the ocean – it looks like Emma Ross has it all, but inside she’s torn apart by insecurities and her failure to have another child.

She knows that she’s putting her relationship in jeopardy, so to make up for their difficulties, Emma gives Rosco carte blanche in the bedroom. But is explosive sex enough to save a marriage that is falling apart from the inside?

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