The name of her 2012 Diamond Edition story is: Queen of Diamonds
What challenges you most in writing a short romance story?
Coming up with an idea that is a little outside the square. Given that this year’s gem is DIAMOND, I wanted to steer away from the obvious…that being a story that revolves around diamond jewellery (although, I do allude to it in my story).
My tip: In last year’s Little Gems Garnet Blog Bites, I mentioned that my stories are inspired by location. My characters evolve as a result of the chosen location. I worked through the same process this year.
Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?
Yes…there is a part in the story where the heroine is fishing for information from the hero with regard to what he considers to be his perfect type of woman. It is her response to his reply that I had fun with. I won’t quote it here. It needs to be read in context.
What was you inspiration for the story?
I have my husband to thank for this one! We live on the beautiful Gold Coast and we were taking a walk along the beach one day before Christmas. I was telling him about my story ideas, that I wanted to come up with something a little abstract. He suggested setting the story (location) in a casino. I thought this a brilliant idea! Jupiter’s Casino in Surfers Paradise came to mind. Talk about an excuse to do some creative research! We spent time with family in Sydney over Christmas and whilst driving back home, I put pen to paper and did the first draft of QUEEN OF DIAMONDS.
What are you working on now and what are your writing goals for the future?
A Scottish Historical. Goals? To finish the book and to ultimately see it (and my other books) published.
How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?
I don’t have a website or blog. However, I’ve had some articles published on Suite101.com and also in a College bi-annual publication. I’ve edited two non-fiction books (published). I’ve been a finalist in national (RWAust), international (RWAmerica) and online writing competitions and have had success with three Little Gems Anthology publications.
Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?
Anthology Orders Now Open
Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?
Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.