Today’s Q&A post features author Karly Lane, discussing Someone Like You, Ms Lane’s newest novel. Someone Like You is available from retailers and is published by Allen & Unwin.
Can you tell us about your latest release, Someone Like You?
It’s a story about a woman who needs a change of scenery and somewhere to start a new chapter of her life. She makes a tree change and soon discovers that fate seems to be leading her towards something.
Which character was the most challenging to write?
In this book it’s more the back story that I found challenging, but was very worth while. I love Australian history and I really enjoyed researching this story.
How did you brainstorm in the writing process for this novel?
As usual with my writing process, I don’t have a lot of planning initially. It usually starts with either a character, or a place or sometimes just a conversation I hear a character having. So I never know where a story is going to go. This time I started with a place. I’d been invited to St Albans for a writing festival a while ago and fell in love with the history that surrounded the little village. The characters, backstory and plot all had to grow around that.
What is the latest book you have read and enjoyed?
I’ve been re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I just love them.
What can readers expect next in your writing?
I have a three book series coming out next. Book one will be out in December. They’ll be stand alone books but will have recurring characters in all three books.
About Someone Like You
When bestselling author, twenty-nine year old Hayley Stevens, walked in on her husband, Paul, and her best friend in bed together, she knew her life would never be the same again.
One year later, Hayley stowed her last bag in her much-loved Audi Coupe and said goodbye to the city. She was excited to be heading west to Lochway, a small colonial village sitting on the beautiful Macdonald River. Wanting peace and quiet, Hayley had impulsively bought a cosy sandstone cottage there surrounded by lush rose gardens, with a small overseer’s cottage – ideal for a writer’s retreat.
What she didn’t expect was the almost immediate ‘gift’ of a very noisy donkey named Errol. Nor did Hayley expect to meet her handsome new neighbour, Luke Mason, when she was covered in mud trying to drag Errol out of Luke’s dam. The strange thing was though that Luke seemed very familiar to her.
As Hayley slowly gains acceptance into her small community and starts writing again she becomes almost afraid of the inexplicable visions she sees. What does it all mean? And why does Luke refuse to listen to her?
Written with warmth and humour, Someone Like You is an intriguing, funny and romantic story about past lives and new beginnings.
*Someone Like You is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.