A few months ago, I sent a letter to the lovely rural author Loretta Hill and recently I got one back. As us authors are sharing-caring types, I thought I’d share it with you 🙂 (Btw, I read Loretta’s new book THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW VEST last week and it is fabulous. You’ll be wanting to add it to your TBR pile right about NOW!)
How are you? I’m good.
Thanks for having me on your blog this month. In November and December, I took a break from writing to just read and rest. While I didn’t finish as many books as I wanted to, I did get into Man Drought and just loved it. I can see why you have so many fans!
Unfortunately, Christmas is over and it’s back into a structured writing schedule. I don’t know whether to be sad or relieved. I do miss writing when I’m not doing it – a bit like smoker misses nicotine actually. But I really needed that break and enjoyed it also – ate far too much, but that’s Christmas for you.
While I’m planning my next novel, my new one is coming out this month. It’s called, The Girl in the Yellow Vest and is in the same series as my other FIFO girl novels. I’m pretty excited about this book because it’s quite different to the other two. While readers will still get to catch up with some of the characters from the previous books, The Girl in the Yellow Vest is set in a whole new world – Queensland.
Just off the coast of Hay Point in Northern Queensland is one of the largest coal exportation ports in the world. I’ve set my novel on there on a brand new wharf, with a brand new expansion team stirring up trouble for the locals.
One of the challenges I had writing this novel was that I couldn’t decide who was the main character. I was really drawn to two females in the story and couldn’t get either one of them to take a back seat. So in the end, it had to be a double heroine novel. Two heroines also meant two heroes, so readers will be pleased to hear that they’re getting two love stories instead of one. This was heaps of fun to do.
I love both my heroes equally but the most amusing one to write was, Mark, the Project Manager at Hay Point Wharf. He’s a cross between Mr Darcy (Pride and Predjudice), Miranda Priestly (Devil Wears Prada) and Gru (Despicable Me). He’s clever, obnoxious and witty with a mean streak but also drop dead gorgeous, of course. His past is seriously, tarnished, so you have to forgive him for some of the things he does, even though you really don’t want to. Writing him allowed the little devil that sits on my right shoulder free reign. It was fabulous for a few months there.
He’s also the first gamma hero I’ve ever written. Have you ever written a gamma hero before? They’re a cross between alpha and beta, a kind of split personality if you will. They are different around different people depending on what influence that person has in their life.
Mark is very, very alpha around one of my heroines, Charlotte but to her little sister, he’s like a big teddy bear. I loved writing him because he was just such a paradoxical character. Both caring and sweet yet abrasive and down right evil at times. It’s kind of weird to think that a person can be all these things at once but given his history and what he is going through throughout the novel, it was perfectly understandable.
This book has quite a few funny moments. But otherwise, I do delve into a few deeper issues. Particularly, dealing with the loss of a loved one and parenting your sibling. I hope you and your readers will be tempted to check it out.
When The Kissing Season came out last month, (great read btw), you asked me how my novella was coming along. It’s all done and dusted now and out in February. It has a lovely Valentine’s day theme to put everyone in the mood. So look out for that one too.
Happy New Year Rach!
You can find Loretta online at her website www.lorettahill.com.au or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loretta-Hill-Author/263559140330214