Australian author Laura Greaves may have released her debut novel this month, but she’s no stranger to writing, having written for national and international magazines. Her book, Be My Baby, is one of Destiny Romance’s chicklit titles, and you’ll be able hear an extract from the book in the next Heart to Heart podcast, which should be coming out very soon. If you like a bit of Bridget Jones, a bit of Tina Fey and a lot of mayhem, make sure you grab a copy of her book! (Also, I love her release day post, complete with gif, which you can read here!)
Where you do your best writing
It varies according to my mood. I do have a lovely writing nook in the corner of my dining room, which offers a lovely glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. But sadly, my desk is often ‘broken’ (eg covered in junk). When that happens, I’ll migrate to my big, squashy sofa, my bed or even the garden. I’m often most productive in the garden, because my wifi doesn’t reach that far!
Favourite thing in your writing space
I’m a lifelong Anne of Green Gables obsessive, and in 2012 I was able to realise a long-held dream of visiting Canada’s Prince Edward Island, where Anne’s creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery, grew up. The island is famous for its striking red sandstone cliffs, and I must confess I pocketed a small sandstone pebble from the beach at Cavendish, not far from Green Gables itself. That stone now has pride of place on my desk, and I feel inspired every single time I look at it.
Best food and/or beverage to accompany a good read
Earl Grey Tea (always with the teaspoon left in) and a packet of Double Coat Tim Tams. And obviously I’m going to eat the entire packet. It would be un-Australian not to.
One thing you would never do in the name of research
Jump off something. I am so not a daredevil. I prefer to have both feet firmly on the ground. I can’t imagine I’ll ever write a skydiving heroine!
How friends and family would describe you two days before a deadline
Two days before I’d be totally relaxed — the morning of said deadline, however, it would be a very different story! I blame my journalism career for the fact that I will always work right up until the last minute. If I have four weeks to do something, you’d better believe I’ll start doing it four hours before it’s due. I tend to produce my best work when I’m under pressure, but it’s not always sunshine and happiness while I’m doing it!
One book you’d save in an emergency and three words to describe it
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Three words? Edward Fairfax Rochester.
Your life in a book — what would the title be? In which genre or category would it be shelved?
It would be a self-help book called We’re not in high school anymore, Toto! and it would be about how to shake those dark days of adolescence! I had a rough trot at school with bullying and whatnot, and sometimes I still feel like that dorky teen who thought she’d never be good enough. But I’ve worked hard and been successful in work and life, and I couldn’t be happier. Being a grown-up rules. High school schmischool!
One book you loved as a child
Anne of Green Gables was always my go-to rainy day book, but I was also a big fan of Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitters Club. It was actually the BSC that first told me my best friend of more than 20 years was my soul sister. We were friendly at school but had never hung out on the weekend, even though she lived in the next street. One Saturday afternoon I finally plucked up the courage to pop over to her place, only to find her still in her PJs with her nose in the latest BSC adventure. It was love at first sight.
Describe yourself as the heroine of a romance novel
Feisty fictional heroine who refuses to play games when it comes to love seeks strong hero who will challenge and excite. She’s an independent woman with a certain vulnerability who has learned from past love mistakes and has high expectations not only of her leading man, but of herself.
Best advice for surviving the zombie apocalypse
I kind of feel like we’re already surviving it. We’re a bit zombie-like as a society these days, with our ubiquitous smartphone screens and our earphones and our apparent terror of making eye contact or conversation with our fellow human beings. In fact, I’d probably be the first one to get eaten in a real zombie apocalypse, because I’d be the conspicuous idiot looking wide-eyed at the world around me!
Favourite method of procrastination
Oh goodness, how can I choose just one?! I’m a world-class procrastinator. If it’s not Twitter or Facebook, it’ll be my dogs or some household chore that can’t possibly wait. But these days, hanging out with my baby daughter is definitely my favourite way to waste time.
Do you kill fairies?
I don’t do it with books, but I’m notorious for googling to find out how TV series end so I can decide if I want to keep watching. I mean, it’s a big investment!
BE MY BABY
Destiny Romance | 9781743484982 (E) | Extract
Ambitious Australian Anna Harding seems to have it all: a glamorous job as a gossip columnist, and a beautiful home in London that she shares with her gorgeous boyfriend, Finn Cassidy. Her only problem is her regular run-ins with their neighbor Luke, who is furious about Anna’s internet shopping constantly being delivered to his place by mistake.
When her flighty best friend Helena winds up pregnant, Anna agrees to be godmother — despite her aversion to children. But then Finn announces he’s moving to Belfast for a great job in television and Helena takes off to Scotland — leaving baby Ivy behind. Suddenly Anna’s perfect life is in pieces as she tries to juggle the baby, her job and a long-distance relationship.
Will Finn wake up to himself and return home or will he be swayed by the charms of his seductive producer? Will the irresponsible Helena finally sort herself out with the help of her eccentric great aunt? And will Anna’s life ever be the same, especially after Luke’s unexpected response to the chaos unleashed next door?
Nothing is certain in this entertaining and moving tale about the relationships that matter most.
This post is part of a series of Q&A-type posts featuring authors who write romance fiction or fiction with romantic elements. Each post will feature the same set of questions or prompts. We tried to make them fun and easy for the authors—and we hope you enjoy them, too!