Rockstar romances are on the rise, and this week Western Australian author Claire Boston debuts with What Goes On Tour. The hero is like Clark Kent, except instead of turning into Superman, he turns into a rock god. I can’t wait to get started on this book, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this quickie with Claire!
Where you do your best writing
In my office, first thing in the morning. I find mornings are my most productive time and if I can get started by 8am I can have 3000 words done by lunch (on a good day!).
Favourite thing in your writing space
That’s a hard one. I’ve filled my office with lots of my favourite things but I guess at the moment my favourite thing is the framed copy of my book cover my husband gave me for Christmas. I look at it and smile, because after 8 years I’ve finally been published.
Best food and/or beverage to accompany a good read
I’m partial to a cup of tea and chocolate. I’ve recently discovered wattle seed tea which is proper leaf tea and so I need to get out my teapot to prepare it. I love that whole ritual.
One thing you would never do in the name of research
I’m willing to try most things, but I wouldn’t do something if it’s going to hurt someone.
How friends and family would describe you two days before a deadline
That depends. If I’m organised (and I try to be) then I’m calm and happy. If I’m not, stressed and narky are probably the nicest things they would say.
One book you’d save in an emergency and three words to describe it
Can I make it a collection? I’d save my childhood diaries—three words: embarrassing, sentimental and history
Your life in a book—what would the title be? In which genre or category would it be shelved?
The Art of Organising — DIY
One book you loved as a child
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
Describe yourself as the heroine of a romance novel
She checked off the last item on her list. Everything was completed the way it should be. She looked up to discover everyone had disappeared except for the hero who was leaning against the car, arms crossed with a wry smile on his face.
Best advice for surviving the zombie apocalypse
Get a mag hook (I’ve been reading Matthew Reilly).
Favourite method of procrastination
I’ve become a recent devotee of Twitter.
Do you kill fairies?
No, no, no! I can’t understand why people do that. *shudder*
WHAT GOES ON TOUR
What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?
Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that’s the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.
Until Libby Myles walks into his life.
Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer’s niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it’s the rock star that’s the issue.
Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone’s good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he’s out of costume he’s different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it’s a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.
But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there’s more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …
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!