I do write every day. Monday-Wednesday it's a 9-3 job (school and preschool hours *grin*) and I write every night from about 10pm - 1am(ish). I aim for 2k minimum a day. Sometimes those 2k are like pulling hens' teeth, other times I can't stop the words from pouring out. I tend to drink about 5 cups of tea during writing bouts (and sometimes eat way too many Tim Tams. Waaaaaay too many). The moment I can write, I hit play on the appropriate playlist (I make new ones for each new book), boil the kettle and crack my knuckles. Okay, I don't really crack my knuckles, but you get the idea.
I'd love to say clean and orderly, but alas, that kind of state seems to be beyond me. *sigh* So yeah, scattered with notes it is. My pin board is very important to me. Sometimes it's covered with images of my characters, sometimes - like now - it's covered with images that have no relation to my work at all but make me feel happy to look at it (and yes, there are numerous Lego Darleks on my desk. I am a geek at heart)
It's very naughty, has the most Alpha hero I've ever written and the makers of Twister would probably have a meltdown if they knew what their game does to my hero and heroine. But it's also lots of fun and I think, really explores the notion of lust vs love and how the two are so intrinsically entwined. (Oh and I based a minor character on Rupert Murdoch. How many romance authors can say that? Hee hee hee)
Foreign Affairs is a four book series which sees Aussie cowboys from the Outback find true love with some very American women...and a very Aussie heroine find herself in the arms of a very sexy man from Chicago. Mari and I have had an absolute blast writing the first two books together and can't wait to start the next two. MISPLACED PRINCESS, about American Annie Prince's journey to the Outback was released on the 17th June and MISPLACED COWBOY, which sees Aussie stockman Dylan Sullivan lost in New York is available on pre-order now for an August 15th release. MISPLACED LESSONS and MISPLACED HANDS will be available late this year. If ever there were books that do wonders for the American/Australian global relationship, it's these ones *grin*
;) Not at all. Writing with Mari was a dream. In fact, I think it was easier because rather than arguing with the voices in my head about the words, I just listened to Mari. She's funny and so easy to work with. She American-afied the stuff I had written like an Aussie and I turned her American phrases and places into Australian. And we just bounce ideas off each other so well. I'd start a sentence and Mari would say, "Oh yes. And then they could..." and I'd say "Exactly! And then they could..." and it would gone on like that. I loved every word and sentence writing with her and can't wait to start the next two books.
The next three Bandicoot Cove books are available September 4 and I'm so excited. Sunset Heat was a different book for me to write, in that it's a love triangle. And I was writing my first ever British hero. Here's the official blurb:
A photographer, a firefighter, a rake. Let the debauchery begin!It was so much fun working with Jess Dee again and Sami Lee is the most devious, sarcastic person I know so you never ever knew what she was going to type. For those that have already been to Bandicoot Cove, coming back will be lots of smoldering fun. For those who haven't visited the lush tropical island resort before, now is the perfect time *grin*
Bandicoot Cove: The Wedding, Book 2
When Kennedy bolted after a mind-blowing one-night stand with a sexy Australian firefighter, she never expected to be standing in front of him four months later on a tropical island resort. Naked, thanks to her phobia of butterflies.
Trouble is, she’s equally turned on by Luke and his hunky British cousin. Not exactly how she’d intended to spend her first day as Bandicoot Cove’s official photographer.
Luke never planned on falling for the feisty, flirty American he met at a New York bar. Now that he’s face to face with her again, he has two questions. Why did she run? And why can’t he stop thinking about sharing the woman of his dreams with his cousin?
Addison invited himself along on his cousin’s trip for a weekend of no-strings-attached sex. But he wants to get to know Kennedy on all levels. Seriously, this is no way for a rake to behave. And how the hell is he going to tell his cousin he’s interested in the very woman Luke can’t get out of his mind?
The setting sun isn’t the only thing heating up Bandicoot Cove, because when the word “threesome” gets thrown into the mix, it’s seduction on a global scale. (Note: No butterflies were scorched during scenes of burning passion.)
Oh, Nick. Nick took on a life of his own. He first made an appearance in Tropical Sin (my first Bandicoot Cove book) but he was only meant to be a "bit player". Nick however, wouldn't have any of that. He demanded more time, more presence as only a sexy, arrogant rock star could. And I couldn't refuse. My favourite thing about Nick? He listens to the music of his heart and follows the words of the song there. Oh, and he'll gladly admit to f*cking up his life to the one person who truly matters.
LOL Lets do it, shall we. Ready? Okay. My iPhone (aka my iBrain, complete with TARDIS cover), a tube of paw paw ointment (for keeping my lips soft), a small note book (almost full of notes about my latest WIP, along with some drawings from my daughters by the looks of it. Hmmm, when did they do that?), a packet of spearmint Extra chewing gum (which is 5 months out of date!) and my glasses case (in which are my reading glasses, which would explain why I've been squinting while typing this so far. Ahh, that's better).
San Francisco. Or New York. I've spent time at both and for some reason San Francisco reminds me of Newcastle (where I live Down Under) and countless Tom Hank's movies have told me New York is the most glorious place to exist. Having said that, it would take a lot to drag me away from Oz. I love the sounds of the kookaburras every morning, and the smell of the eucalyptus trees after rain too much to leave I think.
I do. Ready? :)
Tim Tam Express Cocktail
• 30ml Frangelico
• 30ml Grand Marnier
• 1 Tim Tam biscuit
• 45ml milk
Blend all ingredients with small scoop of ice. Pour into chilled martini glass. Ganish; strawberry (whole) with a drop of Frangelico or Grand Marnier. After a sec, the drink will separate, leaving liquid underneath & a biscuit crust on top.
Now we leave you with an excerpt from Twister