Q&A With Author Barbara Hannay

Today’s post features author Barbara Hannay in a short Q&A discussing her newest novel, The Summer Of SecretsThe Summer Of Secrets is published by Penguin Random House and is available now from retailers.

 

There are many twists and turns in a your latest novel The Summer Of Secrets that had merging stories. How did you brainstorm in your writing process this novel?

Fitting the many strands of a story together smoothly can be tricky and I have quite a few deleted scenes from The Summer of Secrets, where I took wrong turns when I first started. I even had to resurrect a character I’d originally killed off.
For me, brainstorming often involves long chats with my husband who is also a writer (yeah, I’m lucky). Alternatively, it involves longish stints in the garden pulling weeds. I’m always amazed how ideas for my stories pop up when I’m doing something totally unrelated to writing.

Which character was the most challenging to write?

Izzie was both the easiest and the hardest character to develop. In some ways, because she’s such a strong, independent matriarch, I had a very clear picture of her personality. However, her history as a pilot ferrying gigantic bombers from factories to airfields during WW2 took a great deal of research, so that was a challenge, but one I enjoyed.

What book have you read recently that you thought was a stand out?

The book that made the biggest impact in recent months was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I loved the characters and when I got to the end I wanted to start all over again. It was so refreshingly different and it managed to make a tragic story ultimately uplifting. Brilliant.

What is your favourite  breakaway activity from writing?

Singing in an a Capella choir. I love blending my voice with others. And learning parts for songs in different languages is great for the ‘little grey cells”.

What can readers expect next in your writing?

The book I’m currently writing is about a family scattered all over the globe, so it’s a bit different from my recent small town stories. I’m really enjoying writing it, so I hope readers will enjoy it too.

 


 

About The Summer Of Secrets by Barbara Hannay

Sydney journalist Chloe Brown is painfully aware that her biological clock isn’t just ticking, it’s booming. When her long term boyfriend finally admits he never wants children, Chloe is devastated. Impulsively, she moves as far from disappointment as she can – to a job on a small country newspaper in Queensland’s far north.

The little town seems idyllic, a cosy nest, and Chloe plans to regroup and, possibly, to embark on single motherhood via IVF. But she soon realises that no place is free from trouble or heartache. The grouchy news editor, Finn Latimer, is a former foreign correspondent who has retreated after a family tragedy. Emily, the paper’s elegant, sixty-something owner, is battling with her husband’s desertion. Meanwhile, the whole town is worried when their popular young baker disappears.

As lives across generations become more deeply entwined, the lessons are clear. Secrets and silence harbour pain, while honesty and openness bring healing and hope. And love. All that’s needed now is courage…

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Penguin Random House  *  Google Play  *  Amazon Australia  *  Booktopia

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New Release! Whitsunday Dawn by Annie Seaton

When Olivia Sheridan arrives in the Whitsundays as spokesperson for big mining company Sheridan Corp, it should be a straightforward presentation to the town about their proposed project. But when a handsome local fisherman shows her what ecological impact the proposal will have, Olivia is forced to question her father’s motives for the project.

Struggling with newly divided loyalties, Olivia is thrown further into turmoil when she is mistaken for a woman who disappeared more than sixty years before. When it becomes clear that Captain Jay is also keeping secrets, Olivia realises that there is more to these sunshine–soaked islands than she ever expected.

Seeking to uncover the truth, Olivia is drawn into a dangerous game where powerful businessmen will stop at nothing to ensure their plan goes ahead, even if that means eliminating her…

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Harlequin MIRA Amazon Australia  *  Google Play

 

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New Release! Holly’s Heart by Fiona McArthur

Doctor Ben Brieley is keen to settle into life as a small town general practitioner and help his grandmother run Brieley Park. The city life was never for him. He’s finally found the peace he’s longed for, until the arrival of that one woman he’s never been able to forget, threatens to shatter it all. No way is he revisiting that road of unrequited love…except Holly Peterson seems fragile and in need of saving, and Ben’s never stopped being Holly’s white knight.

After losing her sister and her faith in the world of medicine, Holly Peterson moves home to Wirralong along with her two nephews. Determined to rebuild her life and create a loving home and sense of belonging, she opens the Outback Brides Coffee Shop as her new vocation. When she learns that Ben Brieley, the man she said no to years ago is home to stay, Holly fears she’ll lose her heart and her focus on her nephews if she lets him in.

Will Ben be able to break through Holly’s fears and barriers or will history repeat itself and destroy him once again?

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Tule Publishing * Amazon Australia * Google Play

 

 

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My Thoughts On The Story

The story continues the portrayal of nice characters in a narrative set amongst the backdrop of Wirralong. Holly and Ben’s story is a sweet read full of heartache memories that add layers to what is an unmissable read within the series. Holly’s Heart by author Fiona McArthur is a stand out read in the Outback Brides series for this reader, and one that was a nice HEA story.
Review copy received from Tule Publishing via Netgalley

 


 

The Outback Brides Series

 

 

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New Release! Whisper of Surrender by Melanie Shawn

Stand-alone Whisper Lake romance, complete with HEA–and plenty of heat and heart along the way!

Jessa Meyers never let herself think about forever before her heart transplant. When you don’t think you’ll have a future, it’s too painful to plan for one. But now that the stunning, blue-eyed beauty isn’t “the sick girl” anymore, she’s determined to dream big and make those dreams come true.

Only one problem: every time she tries to dream up her “forever,” all she can seem to think about is Ethan Steele.

Ethan Steele knows that loving Jessa is a probably a losing proposition. She’s made it clear again and again over the years that she doesn’t want his attention.

Only one problem: that’s not what her eyes say each and every time they meet his.

The sexy, brooding U.S. Marshall knows that a plan is the clearest path to success, and he has one: convince her to be his fake girlfriend for the summer.

What could go wrong?

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Whisper Lake Romance Series

 

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Book Spotlight! Lovesome by Sally Seltmann

An offbeat and beguiling story of finding your own happiness.

My warm breath makes a beautiful fog in front of me. It’s times like this when I feel most alive. I feel free, and at one with the world and everything around me. It’s an invigorating version of euphoria. But I don’t want to arrive home to no one; I want someone to come home to.

It’s 1995 and 21-year-old Joni Johnson is fresh out of art school and loving her life. Working at Harland, a French restaurant, makes her happy – it’s as romantic as she is herself. Harland’s owner, Lucy, and chef, Dave, make her evenings both entertaining and complicated. By day, Joni sets up her easel in her backyard bungalow, turns on her music, and paints.

But when Joni’s best friend, Annabelle, arrives on the doorstep one night ecstatic in love, everything changes. The life Joni has built for herself seems lacklustre in comparison to Annabelle’s rising star. And when Annabelle makes a beeline for the one man who seems interested in Joni, it looks unlikely that their friendship will survive.

Tender, funny and romantic, Lovesome is a triumph.

Lovesome by author Sally Seltmann is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

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Allen & Unwin * Amazon Australia * Google Play * iBooks

 

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