Thank you Barbara for sharing with us today and for your generous giveaway of you latest novel, Zoe’s Muster.
I Write:Rural Romance for Penguin Australia and Sweet Romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon.
I’m from: Tarzali on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland
Three words to describe me: Conscientious, tenacious, trusting.
At home I cook: (quite often) from my favourite recipe book – Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros. In fact, while I’m working on these questions I have one of her recipes – Ludi’s Chicken,in the oven. It’s chicken and potatoes and garlic, roasted in a marinade of lemon, mustard, oregano and olive oil, and it’s divine.
My worst habit is: Worrying. I know it’s the misuse of a good imagination and I’m trying to stop. Honestly.
It’s a bit daggy but I love: Doing the Circuit Breaker puzzle in The Australian. It’s my wind down thing to do, especially in front of the fire with a pre-dinner drink.
My first job was: High school teacher. At the tender age of eighteen, I left my home in Brisbane and started teaching Yr 11 Modern History (among other things) in Bundaberg. (This is also where I met my husband.) Perhaps it’s no wonder I keep writing about city girls plunged into difficult scenarios in the bush only to meet the men of their dreams.
Saving for: Travel – love, love, love to travel.
I procrastinate by: I’m actually fairly focused. I know boring, boring. I do click onto my emails far more often than I should. My friends have such interesting things to say and emails are my replacement for the staffroom gossip that I miss so much.
Three things people might not know about me are: I belong at an a Capella choir. I barrack for the North Queensland Cowboys. I’ve never seen snow.
Favourite author: It keeps changing. There are so many authors I admire – many of them, Australian. Today, I can’t choose. Tomorrow, I may have a new favourite.
Current reading: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.
Favourite book as a child: The book that had the biggest impact was Seven LittleAustralians by Ethel Turner– I’m still scarred by Judy’s death. I loved all my childhood books, but possibly, Daddy Longlegs by Jean Webster was my favourite.
Favourite movie: If I can only pick one –Cinema Paradiso.
Plotter or pantser: A bit of both. I started out as a pantser, but as I learn more and more about structure, I’m starting to plot more.
Thank you Barbara.
The lucky winner of a copy of Zoe’s Muster, a rural romance will be drawn by 8:30pm est .
If you would like to find out more about Barbara and her books, go to her website http://www.barbarahannay.com/
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