Q&A With Author Emily Brewin!

Today’s Q&A post features Emily Brewin, author of the newly released novel Hello, Goodbye, published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

In your words can you tell us a bit about your new book.

Hello, Goodbye is a coming-of-age novel set in 1968. Seventeen-year-old, May Callaghan, a country girl from a strict Catholic family follows her boyfriend, Sam, to Melbourne where she discovers a more liberal way of life.

In Carlton, she meets bohemian students, Clancy and Ruby, and finds herself swept up in the anti-Vietnam War movement. For a while she thinks she has shed her stifling past until something happens that drags her backwards, threatening the future she’s worked so hard for.

Hello, Goodbye explores the issues of forced adoption and the anti-Vietnam War movement in Melbourne. The 1960s were a time of incredible social change. The women’s liberation movement was building, the sexual revolution was in full swing and people were protesting in the streets. Yet, many young people still fell victim to archaic beliefs that saw unmarried mothers secreted away to homes and young men conscripted into war. Hello, Goodbye is based on their stories.

Which character was the most challenging to write about?

I found Sam, May’s boyfriend, quite difficult to write as he was so conflicted. He was hard to pin down, and for a while there was pretty one-dimensional. It took me a good few drafts to get to know and understand him.

In the end, I realised this internal conflict stems from the fact that he is very young and impressionable, and is struggling to make sense of the world and the expectations placed on him.

What are you favourite stand out reads and why?

There are so many! The books I’ve read recently that have stayed with me are Josephine Rowe’s A Loving, Faithful Animal, Zoe Morrison’s Music and Freedom and Anne Enright’s The Green Road. The characters in these books are incredibly vivid and alive, in all their strength and fragility.

Also, A Loving, Faithful Animal deals with the intergenerational impacts of the Vietnam War, which is a subject I am particularly interested in.

What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always loved reading and writing, and have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I studied journalism because I believe words have the power to change the world. I still believe this and tend to write around social issues.

I started writing fiction again while going through a particularly tough period in my life. A very wise woman asked me what made my heart sing. When I said writing, she told me to go ahead and do it then… I did, and I haven’t looked back since.

Doing what you love isn’t always easy. Spending hours alone at a computer often makes my head spin and pursuing writing, as a career, is such a gamble. But when it goes right it is immensely satisfying, and I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have a second novel coming out mid next year with Allen and Unwin. It is contemporary, but also set in Carlton (My subconscious seems to be particularly interested in this location. It must be the coffee!). It follows the lives of two very different women who find themselves bound together by a tragic incident.

Apart from this, I am working hard to finish the first draft of a third novel, which explores the links between homelessness and mental illness.

 

About Hello, Goodbye by Emily Brewin

It’s 1968 and free-thinking country girl May Callaghan’s world is turned upside down when she finds out she’s pregnant to her boyfriend Sam, who is awaiting draft orders. A profoundly moving story of love during a time of great social change, with an ending that will leave you cheering.

May Callaghan is seventeen years old and on her own. At least that’s how it feels.

Her devoutly religious mother and her gentle but damaged father are fighting, and May’s boyfriend, Sam, has left their rural hometown for Melbourne without so much as a backward glance.

When May lies to her parents and takes the train to visit Sam at his shared house in Carlton, her world opens wide in glorious complexity. She is introduced to his housemates, Clancy, an indigenous university student, and Ruby, a wild bohemian. With their liberal thinking and opposition to the war in Vietnam, they are everything that May’s strict Catholic upbringing should warn her against.

May knows too well the toll that war has taken on her father, and the peace movement in the city has a profound effect on her. For a while, May’s future burns bright. But then it begins to unravel, and something happens to her that will change her life forever.

Hello, Goodbye by Emily Brewin is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

Purchase Links

Allen & Unwin Australia * Booktopia * Amazon Australia * Google Play

 

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Cover Reveal! About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Coming Soon! About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis, releasing January 23, 2018. Pre-order available now.

Synopsis:

When love drives you crazy …

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do …

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.
… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

Pre-order Links

JillShalvis.com * iBooks US * Amazon US

 

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New Release! The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward

When King Werewolf shows up in veterinarian Vee Scarpa’s ER, she’s livid.

Her father, North American head honcho vampire, has threatened a chilling or else if she “accidentally” helped a wolf again, especially since they’re at war. But she’s tempted by the sexy wolf. And his deadly blood calls to her in a way that should set off warning bells…

A promise to his brother in arms obliges Lexan Dimitrov to rescue the aristocrat vampire before her family discovers her secret—a secret Vee herself isn’t even aware of. What he didn’t expect was to find her sexy-as-hell. He’s not into vamps, yet the inescapable heat building between them is a delicious temptation guaranteed to end in total disaster.

Purchase Links

Entangled Publishing * Amazon Australia * Kobo

 

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New Release! Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare

A woman with no roots…

Naomi fled the cult-like nightmare of her childhood and learned to rely on one person—herself. Her resourcefulness keeps her alive during a catastrophe in the mountains, but it’s no help at all when it comes to Chaska Belcourt, the sexy EMT who saves her life. Raised to feel shame about her body and sex, she is putty in Chaska’s hands as he strips away her armor, exposing the vulnerable woman beneath, awakening desires in her that she’d been taught to ignore.

A kiss that changes everything…

Chaska Belcourt grew up on the reservation, the son of a hereditary Sun Dance chief. He left all of that behind for a new life in Colorado as an engineer with an aerospace firm and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He doesn’t share his sister’s belief that fate led him to find Naomi. But from the first moment their lips touch, he can’t get enough of her.

A love that transforms…

As the passion between them turns into something more, Chaska is forced to admit that his sister is right. There’s no other way to explain the depth of his feelings for Naomi—or the fact that he and his people might hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of her past. But she will have to learn to trust again before the two of them can find the answers she needs—and claim this once-in-a-lifetime love.

Purchase Links

Amazon Australia * Pamela Clare.com * Amazon US *  iBooks

 

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New Release! A Taste Of You by Teri Anne Stanley

Office supply addict Eve McGrath’s meticulously organized life is on the verge of crashing at her feet. Blue Mountain distillery’s new tasting and visitor center has to be finished pronto or her mother will lose her mind. Good thing Eve likes a challenge—which is exactly what she’ll face trying to convince the flaky contractor’s hot son to finish the job.

Nick Baker is back in Kentucky just long enough to get his wayward dad back on his feet. Then he’s gone. Unfortunately, he can’t resist helping Eve, the sexy distiller-in-distress, whose addictive, bourbon-flavored kisses threaten his carefully constructed boundaries. And if he can’t rein himself in, the uncomfortable secrets of past will nail him to the wall…

Purchase Links

Entangled Publishing  *  Amazon Australia  *  iBooks  *  Amazon US

 

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