Monthly Archives: January 2015

AUSSIE MONTH: Amy Rose Bennett

I love the fact that I’m not alone in not having any formal qualifications in writing, yet have successfully become a published author. Like you, Amy Rose my favourite school subject was English Literature – see it paid off to listen to teacher :o) Here’s hoping all your other ambitions come true… especially to visit the Loire Valley. From someone who has been there, done that, I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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AUSSIE MONTH with Amy Rose Bennett

Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I haven’t any formal qualifications in writing, although I will (shyly) admit I was a pretty good English student in high school, with a burning ambition to become a published author one day. During childhood and well into my adult years, I tinkered with writing; in fact, I still have a box full of old exercise books with my early attempts at creating characters, plotting and half-finished stories! My persistence has paid off though as in 2014, I achieved my dream and officially became a published author.

Tell us about Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal, your debut novel:
Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal is a Regency Noir style novel set in Scotland. It tells the story of Elizabeth, the Countess of Beauchamp, who is compelled to flee her syphilitic husband when he suddenly…

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Back to the drawing board

I’ve now had my readers’ opinions and comments, as well as the first knock back of my latest novella previously named Affectionately Yours…

One of the main changes is the title – thanks to one of my readers it has now been changed to Letter from a Stranger.

I love it – so the change has been made. And I am amending the title everywhere it appears.

I now have a great deal of work to do to fix up the manuscript taking into account all the advisement and recommendations made.

Thanks to all who have spent so much time read the book and provided so much invaluable feedback.

It is so very much appreciated.


Louise x

AUSSIE MONTH: Monique McDonell

Sounds like 2015 is going to be a busy year for you Monique, though here’s hoping you’ll find time to attend the RWA Conference in Melbourne during August… I shan’t want to indulge in those Cointreau Spritzers without some assistance – I’m still trying to get over that experience from Fremantle in 2013 :o)


Monique McDonell

AUSSIE MONTH with Monique McDonell

Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I did a minor in Creative Writing back at university and then put creative writing aside for many years although I work in PR so write for a living anyway . I started writing creatibely again when I did a course at the NSW Writers’ Centre – Write a Novel in a Year and I haven’t looked back.

Tell us about A Fair Exchange and what inspired this novel?
This novel is about a woman who was an exchange student and meets up with the boy who broke her heart years earlier when she was a teenager. I was an exchange student myself and this book is an homage to the people I met during that period of my life.

What are you reading right now?
I’ve been reading some Melissa…

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AUSSIE MONTH: Rachael Johns

I certainly agree with what Rachael says about Romance Writers of Australia that since becoming part of the RWA “family” my romance writing skills have vastly grown. Interacting with the group’s members on the RWA Facebook network and when attending the fabulous workshops held at the annual conferences have helped enormously


Rach JohnsAUSSIE MONTH with Rachael Johns

Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I actually have an Honour degree in English Literature and Writing, which Fiona Palmer recently told me I should make public because it might get me noticed by the literary crew, but to be honest, the writing degree did nothing to help me where I got today and I’m happier with the genre fiction crew anyway. I’d been writing for almost ten years when I finally found Romance Writers of Australia and that’s when I finally started to hone my craft and learn what it takes to write a good book. Before that I was writing with no idea of what I was writing or where I wanted it to be published. It was almost another six years after that before I got my first book contract so I had a…

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AUSSIE MONTH: Rachel Amphlett


Rachel Amphlett

AUSSIE MONTH with Rachel Amphlett

Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I started out writing short stories while I was still at school, and then worked as a sub-editor in the non-fiction sphere of economics, law and socio-political environments. When we emigrated here to Australia I found time to return to short story writing, and after some of those were published or won competitions, it gave me the confidence to tackle my first novel, White Gold. Now I balance my writing with a full-time job and helping other emerging writers wherever I can.

Tell us about Before Nightfall:
Before Nightfall tells the story of Kate Foster, who takes on a new role in Istanbul with an international electronics company. Before she is allowed to travel, she has to undertake a hostage survival course – which she almost fails.

Her instructor…

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Reading this certainly would inspire writers and give them the determination needed to get those books completed. It certainly has inspired me :o)


JL Perry


Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I am only a new Author, but have release three full length novels this year. My first book My Destiny was published in June, 2014. My Second book My Forever was published in August and Damaged – Jacinta’s Story was published in October.

Tell us about Damaged – Jacinta’s Story and what inspired the novel:
Damaged is about a 13 year old girl named Jacinta, who appears briefly in my second book, My Forever. Jacinta, along with her mother, live a life of physical abused at the hands of her father, until that are saved and relocated to Melbourne to start their lives over.

Damaged it’s set 7 years later, so she is now 20 years old. I had no intentions of writing a book about her, but when I…

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