Book Blog Tour! Q&A With Author Anna Daniels

Welcome to the blog tour post for Girl in Between by Anna Daniels and, is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.

 

What research do you do when you are trying to brainstorm for writing a book?

One of the major settings in Girl in Between is London, a city I adore! So, when it came time to write the London chapters, I took myself over there and spent a week living and writing in an airbnb room across from Battersea Park. I loved it!

Can you tell us a scene that didn’t make the cut while writing Girl In Between?

Yes! I had initially written a scene where Lucy Crighton, the main character, stumbles across a meditation stall at the Notting Hill markets, and ends up being hypnotised by the stall owner, called Peter, who really runs a glorified cult! I remember cracking myself up as I wrote it, but Louise Thurtell, my editor and publisher had flagged that scene with the comment, ‘Not sure about all this Peter stuff’ and so we cut it…probably for the best!

What is the most difficult aspect of your artistic process?

Sometimes the solitary nature of being a writer can be a challenge. I’m pretty social, and so when I wrote Girl In Between, I found myself really looking forward to chatting and being with people at my gym classes and local coffee shop!

How many hours a day do you write?

I had quite an intense experience writing Girl In Between as I needed to increase my word count from 38,000 words to over 80,000 words over a short timeframe. During that period I was probably writing 8 hours a day.

What can readers expect next from your writing?

I’d really love to turn Girl in Between into a romantic-comedy screenplay, and have Lucy and Rosie running around on the small screen! That’s my next writing goal and hopefully we can make it happen!

 

About Girl In Between by Anna Daniels

Life can be tricky when you’re a girl in between relationships, careers and cities … and sometimes you have to face some uncomfortable truths. The sparkling debut from comic TV and radio presenter, Anna Daniels.

Lucy Crighton has just moved in with some gregarious housemates called Brian and Denise . . . who are her parents. She’s also the proud mother of Glenda, her beloved 10-year-old . . . kelpie. And she has absolutely no interest in the dashing son of her parents’ new next-door neighbour . . . well, maybe just a little . . .

As the girl in between relationships, careers and cities, Lucy is facing some awkward truths – like her mum’s obsession with Cher, her father’s unsolicited advice, and the probability there’s more cash on the floor of her parents’ car than in her own bank account.

Thank goodness for Lucy’s crazy-but-wonderful best friend, Rosie, who’s around to cushion reality with wild nights at the local Whipcrack Hotel, escapades in Japanese mud baths, and double dating under the Christmas lights in London.

But will Lucy work out what she really wants to do in life – and who she wants to share it with
Girl in Between is a warm, funny, charmingly Australian story about life at the crossroads. Featuring an endearing and irrepressible cast of characters, it will have you chuckling from start to finish.

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Allen & Unwin Australia  *  Booktopia  *  iBooks  *  Amazon Australia

About Anna Daniels

Anna Daniels has enjoyed great success as a comedic storyteller since kicking off her career by winning the ABC’s ‘Comedy Segment of the Year Award’ for an interview with Russell Crowe. She then went on to co-create the ABC’s first online sketch comedy series ‘Tough at the Top’ with Melbourne comedian, Anne Edmonds. For several years Anna wrote and presented funny upbeat stories for The Project, winning over viewers with her warm, silly, endearing style. Having grown up in Rockhampton, she particularly championed the stories and characters of rural and regional Australia with affection and humour. As well as The Project, Anna has written, presented and/or produced radio, TV and online content for Queensland Weekender, Red Symons’ Breakfast Show, and the BBC One series, ‘John Bishop’s Australia’. Anna can now be heard presenting statewide programs on 612 ABC Brisbane.

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New Release! Girl In Between by Anna Daniels

Happy new release book to author Anna Daniels! Girl In Between is available now and published by Allen & Unwin Australia RRP $29.99.

Five out of five star reading for Girl In Between by author Anna Daniels! I have not laughed out loud so much as I did reading this book! A joy to read the characters and their comical yet heartfelt moments in each of the chapters. Up there with the best book reads of the year without a doubt!
Review copy received from Allen & Unwin Australia

About Girl In Between by Anna Daniels

Life can be tricky when you’re a girl in between relationships, careers and cities … and sometimes you have to face some uncomfortable truths. The sparkling debut from comic TV and radio presenter, Anna Daniels.

Lucy Crighton has just moved in with some gregarious housemates called Brian and Denise . . . who are her parents. She’s also the proud mother of Glenda, her beloved 10-year-old . . . kelpie. And she has absolutely no interest in the dashing son of her parents’ new next-door neighbour . . . well, maybe just a little . . .
As the girl in between relationships, careers and cities, Lucy is facing some awkward truths – like her mum’s obsession with Cher, her father’s unsolicited advice, and the probability there’s more cash on the floor of her parents’ car than in her own bank account.
Thank goodness for Lucy’s crazy-but-wonderful best friend, Rosie, who’s around to cushion reality with wild nights at the local Whipcrack Hotel, escapades in Japanese mud baths, and double dating under the Christmas lights in London.
But will Lucy work out what she really wants to do in life – and who she wants to share it with
Girl in Between is a warm, funny, charmingly Australian story about life at the crossroads. Featuring an endearing and irrepressible cast of characters, it will have you chuckling from start to finish.

Purchase Links

Allen & Unwin Australia  *  Booktopia  *  iBooks  *  Amazon Australia

 

 

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Q&A With Author Karly Lane!

Happy new release to author Karly Lane! Ms Lane chats about her newest novel If Wishes Were Horses and what projects she is currently working on. If Wishes Were Horses is published by Allen & Unwin Australia, RRP $29.99.

 

What was your hardest scene to write?

There were a few scenes in this book that were a little difficult to write. The WW1 diary entries were emotional. The things these men endured are hard to imagine. The human spirit and what it can endure, is truely an amazing thing. However, probably the most difficult for me, personally to write, was the scene that revealed the fate of the 120,000 horses shipped overseas during WW1. As a horse lover, its difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that after everything these horses did for the war effort and the bond they developed with their riders–the government refused to bring them home and they were either sold to be used as farm animals or destroyed.

Can you tell us a scene that didn’t make the cut while writing If Wishes Were Horses?

I can’t think of anything we cut.

What is the first book that made you cry?

I think it would have to be Black Beauty.

What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?

I remember finding a dog-eared book in a second hand store once and it just jumped out at me. It was called The Showgirl and the Brumby by Lucy Lehmann. It was before rural fiction had kicked off and it had so much gritty, rural earthiness, humour about it. I really loved that book.

How many hours a day do you write?

I usually work to a 9-3 schedule fitting in with school hours for the kids. Some days I write most of that time, other days I might get sidetracked from actual writing by emails and other writing related chores, researching or edits arriving for other books.

What can reader’s expect next in your writing projects?

In December I have another book due, so there’ll be 2 books out again this year. It has some really relevant issues that effect not only rural, but all communities in Australia. The publisher hasn’t settled on a title at this point, but hopefully we’ll have one soon.

 

About If Wishes Were Horses by Karly Lane

Already struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of her husband, Sophie Bryant nearly loses her own life while attending a domestic dispute as a paramedic. Diagnosed with a mild form of post-traumatic stress disorder, Sophie decides to accept a posting to the remote township of Hilsons Ridge.

Soon after her arrival, Sophie decides on a whim to buy an old house on the outskirts of town. There, she discovers the diary of a light horse trooper from the First World War, which she finds fascinating.

Local vet, Zac Conway, is also struggling in the wake of losing his life partner. So when Sophie brings an abandoned horse to him for treatment and they get to know each other, Zac is surprised to feel emotions he never hoped to experience again.

The peace and tranquillity of living in her new community sees Sophie gradually recovering from her trauma and grief. As she discovers more about her farm’s history, she realises that the past and the present are irrevocably connected and, just like love, it waits for the right person to come along to unlock its secrets.

If Wishes Were Horses is a totally captivating novel combining romance and history with a dash of suspense.

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Allen & Unwin Australia  *  Amazon Australia  *  Booktopia  *  Angus & Robertson  *  Kobo

 

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Q&A With Author Kirsty Manning!

kirstymanning_author_allenandunwinausToday’s feature post is my Q&A with author Kirsty Manning! Kirsty discusses her
book The Midsummer Garden, published by Allen & Unwin Australia and available now. Welcome to Talking Books Blog Kirsty!

 

How long have you been an author?

I started writing fiction about two years ago through an online writing course. I co-published a cookbook in 2010 (We Love Food), and had academic work published, but no fiction. Not even a short story!
But I have worked as a lifestyle features writers for about a decade. So I have lots of experience with writing place, food, design and capturing the essence of dialogue. You have to write pretty fast, and clean.
It’s funny, even though I’d been a jobbing writers for years, I couldn’t call myself a writer or author until I finished the fifth draft! Somewhere in among all the words I realised I just had to start believing in my story, and myself. Lo and behold, I became an author and wrote the book!

 

What is the most difficult aspect of your artistic process?

Finishing! On a more serious note, I find tweaking the plot, making both eras work as their own entity, then tie in with the other plot line quite a challenge. Somehow the book needs to find it’s own rhythm across both eras. I adore doing the research, but the challenge is to make sure that does not dictate the story. So you have to research the history in, then write so it feels natural. Or write a bit of plot, then find what history you need in there to make it believable. It’s give and take the whole way.
It’s a bit like putting together a jigsaw where you don’t know what shape the pieces are yet! But it’s an amazing feeling when it comes together.

 

Can you tell us a scene that didn’t make the cut while writing The Midsummer Garden?

Oh so many! There was a scene where Pip’s parents died in the very first unfinished draft. themidsummergarden_kirstymanningBut I decided that I loved them too much, so they had to stay!
There were a couple of other wonderful characters with subplots that went nowhere (in different countries) . But I think I’m keeping said characters for another book as they are still in my mind, willing me to write a story around them. Just goes to show you should never press ‘delete’. Save the bits you cut, you never know when they’ll inspire something very different.

 

On average, how long does it take you to write a book?

Hmmm, well I’m writing my second book and I have given myself just under twelve months. I’m close to finishing the first draft, so should be fine. That’s where the fun starts, for me anyway. With historical fiction, there’s lots of facts to check and bits to be filled in. There’s always a surprise, and that is the delight of writing. It’s a wonderful way to fill the day.

 

What can readers expect next from your writing?

I want to give the reader a really sensual experience so there will be lots of travel. I am studying a different era (WWII) in different countries! I even managed a research trip.
I hope look forward to curling up and transporting themselves to other worlds. I love the beauty, symbolism and nostalgia of food-the way we connect it to place, family and friends. I’m interested in history of herbs and herbalism, and how plants can be used to heal. Gardens are also my happy place. You can tell a lot about a person, or a place/city/town/ by their gardens. And of course, the symbolism and metaphors around gardening are endless inspiration.
Readers who love those elements in my work can expect to find that in my next one.

 

 

About The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning

themidsummergarden_kirstymanningTravelling between lush gardens in France, windswept coastlines of Tasmania, to Tuscan hillsides and beyond, The Midsummer Garden lures the reader on an unforgettable culinary and botanical journey.

1487 Artemisia is young to be in charge of the kitchens at Chateau de Boschaud but, having been taught the herbalists’ lore, her knowledge of how food can delight the senses is unsurpassed. All of her concentration and flair is needed as she oversees the final preparations for the sumptuous wedding feast of Lord Boschaud and his bride while concealing her own secret dream. For after the celebrations are over, she dares to believe that her future lies outside the Chateau. But who will she trust?

2014 Pip Arnet is an expert in predicting threats to healthy ecosystems. Trouble is, she doesn’t seem to recognise these signs in her own life. What Pip holds dearest right now is her potential to make a real difference in the marine biology of her beloved Tasmanian coastline. She’d thought that her fiance Jack understood this, believed that he knew she couldn’t make any plans until her studies were complete. But lately, since she’s finally moved in with him, Jack appears to have forgotten everything they’d discussed.

When a gift of several dusty, beautiful old copper pots arrives in Pip’s kitchen, the two stories come together in a rich and sensuous celebration of family and love, passion and sacrifice.

Published by Allen & Unwin Australia RRP $29.99, and available now.

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ABOUT KIRSTY MANNING

Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. She has degrees in literature and communications and worked as an editor and publishing manager in book publishing for over a decade. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east and west coasts of the United States and pockets of Asia. Kirsty’s journalism and photography specialising in lifestyle and travel regularly appear in magazines, newspapers and online. In 2007, Kirsty and her husband, with two toddlers and a baby in tow, built a house in an old chestnut grove in the Macedon Ranges. Together, they planted an orchard and veggie patch, created large herbal ‘walks’ brimming with sage and rosemary, wove borders from chestnut branches and constructed far too many stone walls by hand. Kirsty loves cooking with her kids and has several large heirloom copper pots that do not fit anywhere easily, but are perfect for making (and occasionally burning) jams, chutneys and soups. With husband Alex Wilcox, Kirsty is a partner in the award-winning Melbourne wine bar Bellota, and the Prince Wine Store in Sydney and Melbourne.

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New Release! The Last McAdam by Holly Ford

Welcome to the book review post for The Last McAdam by Holly Ford as part of the Virtual Blog Tour.

The Last McAdam by author Holly Ford was breathtaking reading. I loved the story from the first chapter. So many notable scenes that stirred many sentiments. Hilarity, awkwardness, heartfelt and tense moments that were entertaining from one page to the next. Tess from the start was a firecracker – likeable and endearing. Nate – cheeky and likeable also. Stan’s character was beautifully portrayed and often pulled at the heartstrings. Even the secondary characters of Mitch and Harry were equally as entertaining as the main characters of Tess and Nate. As the pages turned and the story unfolded, it just kept getting better and better. Simply stunning reading.
Review copy received from Allen & Unwin Australia

 

About The Last McAdam by Holly Ford

Can Nate McAdam win the heart of the woman who’s taken over his farm? The Last TheLastMcadam_hollyford_allenandunwinausMcAdam combines an unforgettable cast of characters with an irresistibly entertaining tale of romance, suspense and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

Passed down through the same family for over a century, the remote sheep and cattle station of Broken Creek has recently been taken over by global agribusiness company Carnarvon Holdings. Now Carnarvon has sent its best troubleshooting manager, Tess Drummond, to turn the property’s failing fortunes around – fast.

When Tess arrives to take the reins of Broken Creek she’s faced with a couple of nasty surprises. For starters, her head stockman, Nate McAdam, happens to be the same gorgeous stranger she hooked up with – and ran out on – a few weeks before.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Nate was supposed to inherit Broken Creek until his stepfather ran it into the ground. Now the last McAdam on the station leads a team of men whose bonds have been forged through hell and high water and whose mission is to see off Carnarvon and Tess so he can take his rightful place.

A genius with farm work – and women – but a disaster in the office, Nate is everything Tess believes a farmer shouldn’t be. Determined not to give in to her growing attraction to him, Tess sets out to do her job, but she soon finds herself caught up in the battle of her career.

The Last McAdam by Holly Ford is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.

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About The Author

Holly Ford grew up in a farming community in the Hokonui Hills in the South Island of New Zealand. Having lived and worked on three continents, she returned to her own patch of land in rural New Zealand, which she now shares with her family, an ever-increasing population of magpies and hares, and the occasional vacationing dairy cow. Her bestselling novels, packed with gutsy women who aren’t afraid to take what they want and men who are worth their trouble, celebrate life and love in some of the world’s most rugged country: the vast, spectacular mountain farms that form the backbone of New Zealand.

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