Monday, June 14, 2010

Heat in the Outback Virtual Blog Tour

Today Suzanne Brandyn joins me on her virtual blog tour.

1. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for five years now.

2. Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?

I’m definitely a plotter. When I have the main plot, I jot down notes, and then draw up character sheets. Once I have these organized, I write down a chapter list and draw up something that may happen in each chapter. At times, the story takes a life of its own, but I find direction in taking a few organized steps.

3. What drew you to the subject of ‘Heat in the Outback’?

I used to live on a wheat, sheep and cattle station in the outback. It is here I drew from my experience of the land and it gave me ideas for my story.

4. What was the name of the first novel you wrote? Did you try to publish it?

‘Where flowers Grow’. No, I haven’t as yet tried to get it published as it needs considerable work. The basic storyline is good, and the main plot, but the writing is atrocious. Perhaps one day I will get around to rewriting it. 

5. How many rejections have you received?

Around ten. 

6. Why did you pick the publisher that ultimately published your book?

I chose Eternal Press as they have a good reputation. Also, I sent them another manuscript but they had recently published a similar story. They liked my writing style so therefore I sent them ‘Heat in the Outback.’

7. If you have a day job, what is it?


8. Describe your book.

‘Heat in the Outback’ is a contemporary romance.

Sarah Munro returns home to tie up her father’s legal affairs and to sell the property she fled a decade ago, only to find Ethan, the boy she loved now a man firmly entrenched in her family home. The painful choice Sarah was forced to make all those years ago refuses to stay buried and forgotten and no matter how hard she tries to ignore it, Ethan can still make her knees weak with just a single glance.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

‘My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Fortunately, everyone drinks water.’ Mark Twain.

10. What authors do you admire?

Stephanie Myer. She is an inspiration to any writer.

Author Bio:

Suzanne Brandyn lives on the east coast of Australia with its pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines. She has also lived in the glamorous cities and the intriguing, red outback. Suzanne draws on her experiences and brings them to life in her contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels.

Suzanne is a member of Romance Writers of Australia, and she is on the editorial team of their Hearts Talk magazine. Having been behind their Critique Partners Register scheme, undertaking technical and database management, and contributing to the NML (New Members Liaison for Romance Writers of Australia) she currently proof reads and undertakes the member spotlight page.

Book Blurb:

The soaring temperature in the Outback is not the only heat Sarah Munro faces when she returns home for her father’s funeral. She wants to sell Munro Cattle Station, and return to Sydney. She wants to close this chapter of her life, and then there will never be a reason to return to this dusty one horse town.

Ethan Wade, her first love is at the homestead. Ethan claims he owns half of Munro Station. As they try to settle their differences, a raging attraction ignites.

Will Sarah and Ethan find each other again as their past explodes before them?

Thank you for having me as guest Chris.

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