It’s great to be back in the convertible, Riding with the Top Down!
Now, down to business.
I’m an avid reader. I devour books; have ever since I was a kid. I read widely, across genres and could happily spend a day/week/month curled up with my nose in a book. For me, part of the appeal of reading is getting engrossed in another world, being so absorbed in the characters’ lives that I’m almost there alongside them, laughing and crying and feeling their pain.
It’s sheer pleasure to be swept up in the fantasy as I turn the pages, eager to reach the end yet reluctant to do so because I love the story so much.
In my books I tend to ground them in real settings, particularly my fabulous home city of Melbourne, which I adore!
Interestingly, in my current releases, there wasn’t much fantasising as certain scenes are based firmly in reality. In THREE TIMES A BRIDESMAID…(Harlequin Romance) many trips to the Melbourne Aquarium with my kids set the scene for the wedding there. And in OVERTIME IN THE BOSS’S BED (Harlequin Presents Extra), when lightning strikes Starr’s cottage? Yep, you guessed it, lightning struck my house last year!
While the odd real life experience can inspire books, it’s much more fun to fantasise! To celebrate my double release this month I’m giving away a signed copy of my recent Romantic Times finalist for Best Harlequin Romance 2009, A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON (set in India, it’s fantasy all the way!)
To win, share a fantasy with us (keep it clean, please!) in the comments. It could be a fantasy date, fantasy dinner, fantasy destination, fantasy celebrity. Go ahead, use your imaginations. :)
Thanks for having me in the convertible!