Write Bytes with Kate Belle

theyearning_smallcoverMy Write Byte this week is Kate Belle who’s book The Yearning is getting rave review all over the place. Take it away Kate!

Thanks for having me over Keziah – lovely to meet your readers.

What’s on top of your to-be-read pile? Kate's Bookshelf
I’m going to have to get a height permit for my TBR pile. And lights to warn low flying planes. I have an old fashioned preference for paperbacks. I like the smell of them. When they make ebooks that smell I’ll probably start liking them more.
At the top of my shelf are:
I Take You by Nikki Gemmel and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
But they are balancing on books I bought months ago, still waiting for my attention. Letters to the End of Love (Yvette Walker), That Deadman Dance (Kim Scott); Currawong Creek (Jennifer Scoullar); and classics by Anais Nin, Kafka, Virginia Woolf to name but a few.
On my iPad:
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder; Blind Attraction by Eden Summers.
Also waiting are an eclectic collection – Tobsha Learner, Jane Austen, Annie Seaton, Cari Silverwood, Keziah Hill, Kate Morton, ML Stedman and Haruki Murakami. ( :-) Keziah)

What do you feel when you contemplate your to-be-read pile?
Overwhelmed. One day someone will find me dead under a pile of unread books. I’m an incurable second hand book addict and love our annual Oxfam Book Sale at the local Senior Citizens centre. All books are $2 and I always spend $50-$70. Enough said.

What’s your most guilty pleasure?
Ahem*coughs* – after that last question you need to ask?
Oh, and there’s this Ramon 2

How often do you exercise?
I HATE EXERCISE.
Having said that, I’ve been forced to the gym this year to rehabilitate my knee after a reconstruction 12 months ago. Three agonising times a week. I get up early, yawn and scowl my way through my program, then return home to complain about it on facebook, elated I don’t have to go back for 2 whole days.

Where was your last holiday?
Perth for the Romance Writers Conference. I loved the old buildings and quirky art on the streets and walls. We usually only holiday once a year, at the same time as everyone else. Crowds of noisy holiday makers isn’t my idea of relaxing, but my beloved is self employed and it’s difficult to take time away from regular jobs. This year Perth was a welcome respite from bum-crack beach, where we are headed in January.

What do you like to cook?
Cake. Especially Nigella Lawson cake. I have been known to cook chocolate gooey puddings late at night when I’m desperate for a fix. I love my kitchen. Our lounge is wasted space.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
I love our leafy suburban haven in Melbourne’s green wedge, although greedy developers are changing its picturesque vista to ugly Noddy town units with even uglier gardens.

If I moved I’d like to live somewhere romantic and green, not far from the sea. I’ve always loved northern New South Wales coast. The beaches are among the most beautiful in Australia. I’d say Tuscany or provincial France or Spain, but I’d have to learn a new language and my brain just can’t wrap itself around that. My Aussie accent is so strong I’m usually laughed at rather than understood.

What time of day do you write?
I took a redundancy package after 12 years in the public service this is my year to write. I’ve waited 30 years for a writing career to manifest and I’m not wasting a second of it. I make myself sit 10am – 3pm every day, no matter how dirty the house is, or how crap my writing is, muse present or not. I sometimes write in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep. That stuff is really weird though.

What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
Best thing: Writing.
Worst thing: struggling to make a living and the threat of having to go back to paid employment hanging over my head. Oh, and eating. Can’t – stop – eating.

What was the last non-romance book you read?
The Engagement by Chloe Hooper. I’ve done a review which will appear on Lauren Murphy’s Australian Bookshelf next week.

I actually don’t read a lot of my own genre because I find it interferes too much with my writing. I read widely and try to aim for established authors who write above my skill level. It’s a great way to stimulate the muse, increase my vocab and learn craft in action.

Describe your writing space? study
This is embarrassing. I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

What was the last movie you watched?
Harold and Maude. One of my top 5’s. It’s a black comedy about 18 year old Harold who fakes his own suicides and falls in love with 79 year old Maude who steals cars. The Cat Stevens soundtrack perfects it.

What are three words to describe your relationship with the world wide web?
I’ll do it in two. You win.

Windows or Mac?
Jury’s still out on that one.

Morning person or night person?
Definitely morning. Even middle of the night morning.

What’s the last sentence you wrote from your work in progress?
From Saint (working title):
“We are shadow and light, the turn of the moon, a landscape of stark and violent contrasts, held side by side in the palm of one hand and bound by love.”

Thanks Kate! Totally relate to the overwhelming tbr bookshelves. And I haven’t watched Harold and Maude in years. Must track it down.

Read The Yearning!
Synopsis:
It’s 1978 in a country town and a dreamy fifteen year old girl’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring and she wants him like nothing else she’s wanted in her short life.
Charismatic and unconventional, Solomon easily wins the hearts and minds of his third form English class. He notices the attention of one girl, his new neighbour, who has taken to watching him from her upstairs window. He assumes it a harmless teenage crush, until the erotic love notes begin to arrive.
Solomon knows he must resist, but her sensual words stir him. He has longings of his own, although they have nothing to do with love, or so he believes. One afternoon, as he stands reading her latest offering in his driveway, she turns up unannounced. And what happens next will torment them forever – in ways neither can imagine.
Read an extract here
Buy The Yearning:
Ebook: Amazon  or iTunes
Print book: Target, Kmart, Myer, Collins, Dymocks, Big W, Eltham Bookshop and other independent bookshops and major airports.
Reading group questions here 

Who is Kate?
Kate is a multi-published author who writes dark, sensual contemporary women’s fiction. She lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, juggling her strange, secret affairs with her male characters with her much loved partner and daughter and a menagerie of neurotic pets.
Kate holds a tertiary qualification in chemistry, half a diploma in naturopathy and a diploma in psychological astrology. Kate believes in living a passionate life and has ridden a camel through the Australian desert, fraternised with hippies in Nimbin, had a near birth experience and lived on nothing but porridge and a carrot for 3 days.

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Write Bytes with Juliet Madison!

SIScoverI haven’t had a Write Bytes guest in a while so it’s time to break out the streamers and welcome fellow Escape Artist Juliet Madison. Take it away Juliet!

What’s on top of your to-be-read pile?
It’s a battle between The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and The Returned by Jason Mott. I’m not sure at this stage who will win, I’ll find out when I finish my current book.

What do you feel when you contemplate your to-be-read pile?
Like I’ll have to do nothing for the rest of my life but read. Is there a job for that? That pays? ;)

What’s your most guilty pleasure?
Staying in pyjamas all day on a Sunday to watch movies and read and eat yummy food. J

How often do you exercise?
I don’t have a routine, I just listen to my body and move when it needs to. I often walk before breakfast, while checking messages on my iPhone – multitasking! I’ve learned not to bump into things.

Where was your last holiday?
To be honest I don’t remember ever having a proper holiday away in my whole adult life. And when I say holiday, I mean, a no kids holiday. I’ve always just tacked a free day or two onto the end of conferences, but that’s about it, and as a single parent it’s been tricky to be able to wrangle a week away for relaxation and fun. Someday!

What do you like to cook?
I make up my own recipes, often as I go, by combining things I have in the fridge or pantry. But I don’t always write them down which means I have to rely on memory and intuition if I want to make a particular meal again! FYI, I do a mean butter-less butter chicken.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
I’m pretty damn happy with where I live actually, on the south coast of New South Wales. The beach is a five minute walk away, I can see the ocean from my window, the people are friendly, we have great festivals and local markets and activities, nice food, and the town has a nice atmosphere. Apart from that, I’d like to live somewhere exciting for a while that’s in walking distance of top theatres and restaurants, or even somewhere snowy for a while so I can make snowmen and sit by the fire and write books!

What time of day do you write?
Mostly afternoon and night, but whenever I get the chance.

What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
Best: Knowing there is no limit to what you can create, and getting to make up stories and characters that you would like to read about – making everything go the way you want it to!
Worst: Getting soul-crushing negative reviews, and not getting enough sleep because of the ‘Oh, I have an idea!’ curse that visits at 3am.

What was the last non-romance book you read?
Hmm, most books I read have an element of romance, even if they’re not classified as a straight romance. I read Jenn J McLeod’s House for all Seasons which I wouldn’t call a romance, although it had romantic elements (and was a fabulous read), and I read a lot of contemporary women’s fiction where equal weight is often given to friendships and career and family, as well as romantic relationships. I also read a non-fiction writing craft book called 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron, which showed strategies for increasing word counts and productivity. It must have done something because my average words per hour has increased!

Describe your writing space? 
My writing space changes. I go from my desk to the couch, to my bed, to my reclining deck chair on the balcony depending on the weather. I prefer to write lying down, and edit sitting up! Maybe it’s a blood flow thing, or I’m just lazy ;)

What was the last movie you watched?
The Australian film, Goddess. I enjoyed it! It was musical and quirky and over the top in some parts, but that’s how I like it ;)

What are three words to describe your relationship with the world wide web?
Can’t. Live. Without.

Windows or Mac?
Windows. But only because I’ve never tried Mac, so I could be swayed.

Morning person or night person?
Night. I’m not a nine to five person, I’m a five to nine person! Or more like, till 3am.

What’s the last sentence you wrote from your work in progress?
I’m between books at the moment, having just finished writing a manuscript, and I don’t want to share the last sentence from that because it’ll give away the ending (unless I can write The End?). But, I did put aside the beginnings of another manuscript a while ago which I’m going to be working on again soon, so here’s the last sentence of that, which is technically more than one sentence since it’s a line of dialogue:

“Oh, Gwen. Always doing things your own unique way. That quality has its place, but not on my computer. Got it?”

Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put these characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.

Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her days homeschooling her son and running her internet business, and her nights writing fiction while doing her best to avoid housework.

Her latest release is STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE:
Aspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of intuitive love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com to give her the courage and determination to follow her destiny. But fate has different ideas, Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans…

~ BUY NOW>> Available worldwide from all ebook retailers, including:

Amazon / Amazon UK / iTunes iBookstore / B&N Nook / Kobo / Booktopia / JB Hi-Fi / Google Play / ebooks.com / All Romance ebooks

~ You can also add it to Goodreads here, and visit Juliet online at her website, blog, facebook, and twitter.

~ GIVEAWAY>> Juliet is giving away four prize packs of ebooks from Escape Publishing until 10th October (20 ebooks in total). See the prizes on offer and enter here:

http://julietmadison.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/release-day-starstruck-in-seattle-plus-bumper-giveaway/

Spilt personality

split_personality__by_ak3rs-d2zi9o1One of the tricky things about being a published writer is revealing yourself. Everyone knows that writers who use social networks just to promote themselves and their latest books tend to piss everyone off. It’s boring. Generally, readers and random people you follow you on Facebook or Twitter like to think they’re engaging with a person not a brand.

The difficult part comes when a major part of yourself, the part that doesn’t have a lot to do with writing, starts to piss people off. I don’t think my flower tweets annoy people but I think my political views could.

I’m an unashamed left leaning girl who reluctantly voted Greens because the Labor Party is such a mess. I’m a feminist, have some left over irrational new age tendencies and used to work in the criminal justice system. That means I also have some views about crime and criminals that don’t always gel with my followers.

Rather than subject the people who follow me (because of my writing) to my political tweets, I’ve set up a separate twitter account where I can say what I want without offending people.

Why should I care? Well you may ask. The election of the Liberal/National Party Coalition means that for the next three years I’ll be in a permanent state of outrage and fury. I know there are people who follow me who don’t share my political beliefs and I happen to like these people. I don’t want them to have to stop interacting with me because they don’t want my political views constantly showing up in their twitter stream. I want to be able to still talk to anyone about romance, erotica, crime fiction, the weather and what I had for dinner.

So, if you want to still interact with me politically on Twitter, you can follow me at@nautilus2104 where I’ll be maintaining the rage. Actually, I’ll be doing other things too. Rage is so exhausting. Of course I’m still on @keziahhill too for those flower tweets.

And in other news …

author-writing-writerIt’s been a writing time for me. Well, writing and agonising.  I’ve come to the realization that this is normal, so I should stop beating my breast about it. Some people seem to write with a compulsion that results in thousands of words a day (I’m looking at you Ainslie Paton) and others like me approach my craft like a sculptor about to work on marble with a spoon. Very slowly and with a lot of effort.

Don’t know why. All I know is that’s the way it is. I sometimes get filled with gloom when I read various Twitter and Facebook friends announce their latest publication and I’m still dithering over the same scene, but what the hell. It’s my process and years of trying to change it haven’t worked.

The key for me is to feel good about what I’m doing even if it’s slow. So I’m in the feeling-good space in stead of the why-am-I-kidding-myself-I-can’t-do-this space.

I’m working on a romantic suspense lite (a mystery without a murder) and another more gritty mystery with romantic elements. Actually, I have about five projects at the point of more than just ideas, so I chip away at all of them.

This website has had a bit of a makeover, including a page with pictures from my garden. Those who follow me on Twitter know I break out and have a binge of garden tweets, so I thought I’d put some here.

It’s winter. In the Blue Mountains, that’s serious stuff. One degree Celsius this morning with more to come. Sleeted the other day. This means slow cooking and red wine. I’ve been perusing Cathryn Hein’s Friday Feast and Louise Reynolds’s Cooking the Books for inspiration.

I did have a great time in Melbourne last week and caught up with Anne Gracie. I’m happy to report I led her astray with wine at lunch and shopping on Brunswick Street (jewelry, books and gorgeous smelly stuff from Klein’s).

dsc01491-001Then I stayed with my sister and we did the Hollywood Costumes Exhibition (Scarlett O’Hara’s green dress and Cruella de Villes black and white suits were fab!), the Australian Impressionists in France exhibition and went to the Heide Museum of Modern Art to take in some Fiona Hall. All wonderful.

I have a poster of Hall’s Paradisus Terestris on my wall. People do a double take when they look closely at it. 008

But it’s back to spoon on marble. Patty Griffin’s new album American Kid helps.

Write Bytes with Bridget Gray

ARRA_No-Strings-Attached_cvr (2)My guest this week on Write Bytes is Bridget Gray whose debut book with Escape publishing No Strings Attached was released in December 2012. Here’s the blurb:

She saved his life, but she wants more from him than gratitude…

Mei Jing is feeling conflicted about not telling Rod that she is his rescuer. And as their relationship grows, her conflict is heightened after each date… She knows Rod is seeking the woman who saved his life, but Mei Jing struggles to find the right time to tell him the truth. Will she be able to trust that what she feels is his love for her or Rod’s gratitude for his rescuer?

Take it away Bridget!

What’s on top of your to-be-read pile?
A book my friend recommended called “Graceling”. She described it as “romance …. with violence”.

What do you feel when you contemplate your to-be-read pile?
Resentful that I have to go to work.

What’s your most guilty pleasure?
A TV Show called Scandal. I watch it while drinking red wine and eating chocolate, to make the most of the guilt and the pleasure.

How often do you exercise?
I live in Fiji and three times a week I have personal training sessions with an ex-“Mr Fiji”. He does his best to counteract my guilty pleasures.

Where was your last holiday?
Nananuira, a small island off the main island of Fiji. Crystal clear water, a bungalow right on the beach, my books, my kids and Contreau.

What do you like to cook?
I’m experimenting with Indian curries. Big crunchy mustard seeds. Yum.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
Fiji is doin’ it for me right now.

What time of day do you write?
On a Sunday. That’s it. I write hard, I write fast but I don’t write often. Sometimes hubby gives me a leave pass and my sister and I go camping. Just us, our tents and our laptops. I’ve been known to write 12,000 over a weekend camping. Not very good words but they were a start.

What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
Best: When other people love my characters as much as I do.
Worst: Having to punctuate properly. Hate that.

What was the last non-romance book you read?
Romance Writing for Dummies

Describe your writing space?
Not at all interesting…… Keziah… please don’t make me answer this question.

What was the last movie you watched?
Little Women – Love that movie…. Interlaced relationships, about love and family and an awesome heroine.

What are three words to describe your relationship with the world wide web?
The world wide web in Fiji is a tease. Frustrating, unpredictable and unsatisfying.

Windows or Mac?
Windows. Although I have 5 i-devices in the house.
Morning person or night person?
Up at 5 most mornings. Best time of the day.

What’s the last sentence you wrote from your work in progress?
I’ve been out of the game for a long time, but I think this is what they call flirting. WOW, flirting’s good.

Thanks Bridget! Hmm … wonder what secrets her work space contains that makes her dodge that question. Hmmm …

You can contact Bridget at her website and on Facebook.

It’s Valentine’s Day (big deal…)

It was never a big thing in my family because it’s my sister’s birthday today (happy birthday Cath!) and my mum’s tomorrow. February is birthday month in my family with bulk nephews being born, so Valentine’s Day is the last thing we need.

Nevertheless, in the romance world, it’s a big day. What makes it more interesting this year (well, at least for me) is the progressive story going on over at the Escape blog. Rhian Cahill starts it off, and I’m on tomorrow. You can follow it everyday until 15 March when the last of the 30 writers has her go. Click on the sidebar link to take you there.

Ok, ok I’ll give you a Valentine image. Hope you get as many chocolate and flowers as you want.

January Embers I

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

the-next-big-thingThe is the second Next Big thing Blog Hop I’ve done and if I was more organised I would have done it as Deborah Tait, my romantic suspense co-conspirator. But organisation seem to be eluding me at the moment so I’ll talk about what Deborah is up to here.

What is your working title of your book?
The Laws of Passion

Where did the idea come from for the book?
A life time ago, I was a political activist. In my heart I still am, but I’m lazy. So I thought I’d meld together two of my interests, social justice and romance. The hero and heroine are lawyers. She works in a community legal centre defending the dispossessed and disenfranchised and he works for a big city law firm. Sparks and principles fly. Actually, it’s much more romance than social justice. I did say I was lazy.

What genre does your book fall under?
Light romantic suspense. There isn’t a dead body but there is a mystery. It’s not erotic romance so if I get it published it will be with my Deborah Tait persona.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
God, how I hate this question. Grumble, grumble. No, I’m not going to answer it. The reader will have to make up her/his mind.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Lawyers on opposing sides must work together to prevent tragedy while at the same time resisting the laws of passion.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll submit it hither and thither so we’ll see.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote it a few years ago and from memory I think it took about four months. It needs a serious rewrite which is what I’m working on now.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe Julie James?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve set it in Balmain, an inner-west suburb of Sydney with a very rich history. It started out as a working-class waterside worker suburb and now is a yuppy paradise. I lived there for a few months in 2002-3 right on the water at East Balmain. If I ever: 1) move back to Sydney and 2) have a lot more money than I do now, I’d love to live there.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s my first non-erotic romance book (although it’s still pretty steamy) and it’s about community in a big city. We read a lot of romance set in rural settings with wonderful home and hearth communities, but it’s possible to find those communities in cities as well.

Thank you Elise Ackers for roping me into this. Elise’s Next Big Thing Blog Hop post is here. Please take some time to visit her website and blog and read about her latest release, Unforgettable.

As well as her website you can contact her on Facebook and Twitter.

Now, to hand over this blog hop to others! Please go and visit:

Elizabeth Dunk (aka Nicole Murphy), fellow Escape Artist whose latest release is Arranged to Love (gorgeous cover!). You can find her on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Kitty Bucholtz once Sydney resident and member of The Writers’ Coven but now returned to the US (we miss her!) You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m going to tag Paula Roe too because she’s gone MIA and I want to hear what she’s up to. Writing four books at the same time it seems.

Become an Escapee with some Escape Artists!

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Make sure you check out the Escapades blog on Valentines Day! Thirty, yes thirty Escape authors will be participating in a progressive story. The first 200 words will be on the blog on 14 February and each day another 200 will be added until the finale on 15 March.

No one knows what will happen or where it will go so come along for the ride! It could be a grand creation or a train wreck. But what ever happens, it’ll be a lot of fun!

Write Bytes with SE Gilchrist

Legend Beyond The Stars_FinalSE Gilchrist is my Write Bytes guest today. Her debut book Legend Beyond the Stars is a sci-fi futuristic romance from Escape Publishing. 

Seeking redemption from a mission gone terribly wrong, Captain Alana Knight volunteers to aid a dangerous operation to transport colonists between Earth and alien traders. But on board the spaceship, she learns of a galactic war raging for power. A power that can be transformed into a terrible weapon.

When the colonists are betrayed and sold, Alana’s mission is re-defined. Nothing will stop her from keeping those in her care safe and finding a passage home. But her new captor is nothing like she expects…

Commander Tarak El Rajan is human, male and equally determined to retain his payload. With his race on the brink of extinction he is under strict orders to transport all females to the planet Isla for research purposes.

In a world of uncertainty, where the wrong decision could mean the death of an entire race, the last thing either of these two soldiers expects or needs is to fall in love.

Take it away SE!

What’s on top of your to-be-read pile?
Rules are for Breaking by Imelda Evans

What do you feel when you contemplate your to-be-read pile?
Frustration, excitement and dismay.

What’s your most guilty pleasure?
The old-fashioned English high tea. I love it. You know, all those sumptuous, creamy little cakes and tea made from high quality tea leaves in a pot and poured out into a bone china cup. I don’t get the cakes at home but I do have the bone china cup and saucers and I love setting the time aside, usually on a Sunday, to sit down and have a ‘proper’ cuppa.

How often do you exercise?
Not as often as I should, hence my goal for this year: to increase my fitness. I love bushwalking and am lucky to have a wonderful walking spot close by to my home, complete with kangaroos, rabbits and many species of water birds.

Where was your last holiday?
Cairns with my daughter for five days. It was wonderful, did a lot of snorkelling and swimming.

What do you like to cook?
Anything that’s quick and easy, I love those recipes you just chuck some stuff in a dish and shove it in the oven. I have an ‘every man for himself’ attitude in the kitchen these days.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
Lord Howe Island. Or failing that, I’d like to live inside my own Tardis – then I could go wherever I pleased.

What time of day do you write?
I snatch the time whenever I can, working full time and with family demands, I can often be found hunched over my computer late at night or early am. In a perfect world, I’d love to write 8 to 4 but I cant see that happening for a long time ☺.

What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
The best things about writing would have to be the power to create characters, different worlds (where my rules ‘rule’) and scary, dangerous or difficult situations. Also, the wonderful friendships I have formed as a result of being part of the romance writing community in Oz. The worst things would have to be writers block, lack of confidence and social media / promotion.

What was the last non-romance book you read?
Currently reading Stalin’s Hammer by John Birmingham.

Describe your writing space?
Cluttered. I now have an actual study (was a bedroom) which was originally supposed to be mine alone, however, my daughter’s files and painting gear is sneaking in when I’m not looking ☺. But I love this room, I could live in here. Somehow I have managed to squeeze in my futon, a coffee table, three bookcases, two filing cabinets, my desk, printer and chair. I have my collages up on the wall together with copies of my three book covers, bookshelves, white board, cork board and blessedly an air conditioner.

What was the last movie you watched?
In Time, a sci-fi film where people trade with time (ie their lives) as currency to live, loved it.

What are three words to describe your relationship with the world wide web?
Addicted, necessary and frustrating.

Windows or Mac?
Windows

Morning person or night person?
Morning, after work I’m usually totally stuffed by the time night rolls around.

What’s the last sentence you wrote from your work in progress?
‘Sparks zapped and the lights failed as the flyer flipped over and over and plummeted into the vortex.’

This is taken from Traitor’s Justice, the proposed second single title follow on from Legends Beyond the Stars.

Thank you Keziah for having me on your blog today.

My pleasure!

You can find SE at her website, on Twitter, on Facebook and at her f2f group

Write Bytes with Elise Ackers

Unforgettable_cvrMy Write Bytes guest to-day is Elise Ackers whose book Unforgettable was released this month from Escape Publishing.

In hospital following a near-fatal accident, Connor has temporary retrograde amnesia, and there’s a blank slate where the last three years of his life should be. It’s a woman with haunted eyes and secrets who offers to help him rediscover his past.

​Colleague, friend and ex-lover, Emma warns him they must be discreet. No one knows about their past relationship, and for the sake of their jobs, no one can. She reintroduces him to his life and the fascinating redevelopment project they are working on, and the more time Connor spends with her, the more he wants a future with her in it.

​But Emma blames herself for Connor’s accident and she won’t confess to what broke their relationship in the past. Now Connor is fighting for love, for his job, and for another chance.

A story about second chances, a second look, and the futility of fighting fate, Unforgettable explores the concept of walking a path already traveled and learning from your mistakes.

Take it away Elise!

What’s on top of your to-be-read pile?
Speechless by Hannah Harrington.

What do you feel when you contemplate your to-be-read pile?
Behind the times. If I stacked those titles, they’d reach the roof. But I also feel excited – like I’m going to a party, about to meet a bunch of new people.

What’s your most guilty pleasure?
Strawberry baked cheesecake.

How often do you exercise?
I try for four to five times a week at the gym, but when I’d much rather be writing, it’s sometimes hard to motivate myself out of my chair. Let’s average it out to three times a week and never speak of it again.

Where was your last holiday?
Nationally it was the Adelaide Hills for a wedding, internationally it was Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. I keep very detailed travel records, so I’m sure I’ll write some international romances one day.

What do you like to cook?
If I have to be in the kitchen, I prefer to bake. I love making slices and cakes and if I had the time, I’d try my hand at cake decorating. But as for regular meals, they tend to be slow cooked roasts or chicken-based dishes. Don’t come to my house if you like variety for dinner!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
Bath in the United Kingdom. Or in a little cottage in Ireland, because I’m sure (sure) I would one day stop caring about how cold and wet I was. I just love the feel of those places. I would go on so many day-trips and spend hours musing on the moors. But if I can’t have either of those, I’m very content to stay where I am. I’m a big fan of Melbourne.

What time of day do you write?
Any time of day. On the commute to and from work, through lunch, in front of the television. Pretty much whenever I am required to sit and wait for more than five minutes. But I’m usually most productive in the evenings when I’m at home.

What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
The best thing for me is hearing when readers connect with my characters. Because these fictitious people are so real to me, they matter. And it’s a thrill to know when they’ve come to matter to someone else.

The worst thing is the lack of time. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to research and write all the books I want to, or to read all the books and blogs which interest me. Whenever I’m doing anything even remotely lazy, there’s a voice in the back of my mind telling me I should be writing. So it’s the constant push and pull of creative aspirations versus creative limitations.

What was the last non-romance book you read?
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADescribe your writing space?
I recently gave it a make-over and now it’s my favourite room in the house. There’s a small desk and a purple chair, a recliner which one belonged to my grandmother, a big reading light, and a thick white rug you can really sink your feet into. My bookcases are over-stacked. I’ve framed and hung my certificates, awards, degrees and book covers, and on my desk there’s a photograph of the bravest thing I’ve ever done (which I took down for the picture – it’s too personal). But the best thing is the roof: fairy lights criss-cross the overhead space, thread through multicoloured bunting. It feels like such a creative space, and I’m drawn to it all the time.

What was the last movie you watched?
Funny Farm, starring Chevy Chase.

What are three words to describe your relationship with the world wide web?
Time-consuming, necessary.

Windows or Mac?
Windows.

Morning person or night person?
I get up really early and go to bed quite late, but I guess I’m more of a morning person.

What’s the last sentence you wrote from your work in progress?
They bent over their drinks, murmured at their hands and asked Cal the big questions–why, who, when–but he didn’t have the answers, he just had the booze and the barstools.

Thanks Elise!

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