Are there any scenes that got cut from the finished book that you can mention?
There are several, but mostly from the end of the book when I was struggling to let go of the characters! There was one scene where my lovers explained in detail what had been going on in their heads during previous misunderstandings and my editor (rightly) said, ‘This is all pointless backtracking!’ Oh, let me tell you, it was tough to do but I cut that entire scene. My editor said I just needed to let them ride off into the sunset, because the reader knew they were perfect together. Very good advice. All in all I think I must have cut a good 20,000 words from the final book!
What is the first book that made you cry?
The first book I can remember really bawling over was Anne of Green Gables. Like, bawling so hard I couldn’t see or breathe. That whole series broke my heart over and over again. I don’t know how Lucy Maud Montgomery could have killed off so many wonderful characters! She gave JK Rowling a run for her money. If LMM was alive and on Twitter today, she’d be tweeting annual apologies for killing off beloved characters.
@LucyMM: This year, I apologise for killing Matthew Cuthbert. #sweetoldman #heartdisease #uglycry
What is your favourite go-to read?
When I’m tired and don’t feel like fully engaging with a new book, I reread my true-paranormal books! I love being spooked and the stories are nice and short so I can stop reading without my naughty brain telling me ‘just one more chapter!’ I also love reading Jane Austen books and her juvenilia. If I have to work in the morning or get the kids to school, I avoid anything that’s got the potential to keep me up reading all night (ie stories I do not yet know back to front).
What was the most challenging scene to write in the book?
Probably the weekend muster scene. Willow is challenged by the station manager, who is sceptical about her organic, humane farming ideas, to accompany the droving team on a 3-day muster. Willow, almost 30, hasn’t been on a muster since she was a teenager. I had to keep going back to Google and Youtube and my books on cattle grazing to make sure I got the facts right, as well as weaving in the unspoken tension and awkward attempts to rebuild between Tom and Willow. It is a very enjoyable scene and it’s now one of my favourites in the whole book, but it took time to get it right.
What can readers expect next in your writing?
More Patersons! This book is part of a series. I have just finished first-drafting Free’s book (Willow’s younger sister) and have now gone onto sketching out Beth’s story (the eldest Paterson girl). I may take a short break and detour into finishing my YA paranormal series later this year, but my priority is the Daughters of the Outback series.
About Sasha Wasley
Sasha Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She lives in the Swan Valley wine region with her two daughters. She writes commercial fiction, crossover new adult/YA mysteries and paranormal. Sasha Wasley’s debut novel, The Seventh, was published in January 2015. Her first new adult paranormal romance series, The Incorruptibles, debuted in 2016.
About Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley
They were best friends who were never meant to fall in love – but for one of them, it was already way too late.
Willow ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Tom Forrest were raised on neighbouring cattle stations in the heart of the Kimberley. As young adults, sharing the same life dreams, something came between them that Willow cannot forget. Now ten years have passed since she’s even spoken to Tom.
When her father falls ill, Willow is called home to take over the running of the family property, Paterson Downs. Her vision for a sustainable, organic cattle station is proving hard to achieve. She needs Tom’s help, but is it too late, and all too complicated, to make amends?
Tom’s heartfelt, decade-old letters remain unopened and unmentioned between them, and Willow must find the courage to finally read them. Their tattered pages reveal a love story like no other – and one you’ll never forget.
Dear Banjo is a wildly romantic and utterly captivating story about first love and second chances from an exciting new Australian author.
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