Today I have the wonderful Karly Lane over for a chat. Her new book Bridies Choice is out now (and on its way to me in the post. Hurry up Mr Postman). I can’t wait to see what Karly has cooked up for us again. I’m sure there will be plenty of laugh out loud moments.
It’s so good to be back here on Fee’s blog, it’s been a while. Life gets so hectic and time flies; before we know it another year’s gone just like that! (I couldn’t agree more!) But it got me thinking about my journey so far and I have to say it’s really great to take a minute and look back at how far we’ve come.
I remember buying Fiona’s first book, The Family Farm, along with Fleur McDonalds Red Dust and loving that finally there was some rural fiction being released again…it was too long between drinks when it came to finding some good rural based fiction—and better yet ones with some kind of romance in them as well. I’d been writing for a while, and had started publishing my romantic suspense books with an American publisher, but I had a very Australian manuscript sitting in my computer files with no idea what to do with it.
So I emailed Fiona, feeling like a bit of a dill, and asked her a few questions and she encouraged me to send it off to an Australian publisher… after a few near panic attacks, I did. I decided to go with Allen & Unwin’s Friday Pitch and no one was more stunned than I was to receive an email back from them asking for the full manuscript. That manuscript was for North Star, my first Australian published rural fiction. (And I remember sitting with you at my very first RWA Conference. I was all nervous and green. Amazing where life can take us in a few short years.)
That was 2009…and now, here we are today and it’s 2013 and a brand new year. I’ve just released my third novel with Allen & Unwin, Bridies Choice and have another three books scheduled to come out over the next few years and I still have to pinch myself when I walk into a bookstore and see my name plastered across the front of my books.
The rural fiction author community in Australia is a very close-knit group. We share many of the same readers and we’re lucky to belong to a lot of the same organisations which means we get to meet up at least once a year. The rural fiction reader community is also an amazing group people—without you guys buying our books we wouldn’t be able to continue writing them, so I want to thank you as well for helping my dream become a reality. Thank you for telling people about your favourite authors and continuing to show your support by buying our books. (Here here, I second that!)
I will be forever grateful that Fiona and many of the other writers I’m lucky enough to be able to call friends reached out to me way back then, and it’s true what they say about kindness—a smile or a piece of advice given may not seem like much to you at the time, but to the person who you gave it to, it can mean the world. So thanks Fee and here’s to many more years of friendship and book releases!
All her life Bridie has longed to leave the small town she grew up in. But time after time family responsibilites have kept her anchored there. Meanwhile, Shaun’s dream of taking over the management of Jinjulu is dashed by his dictatorial father who tries to rule Shaun’s life both on and off the farm.
The Brodericks are dismayed when Shaun falls in love with ‘that Farrell girl’, whom they deem unsuitable. And they don’t just make their feelings clear to Shaun but to Bridie as well.
Faced with a choice, Bridie must decide whether to turn her back on her heart or her dreams in order to make the biggest decision of her life…
From the author of the bestselling rural saga North Star and Morgan’s Law, this absorbing novel is about alternative destinies and the power of love.