What can we expect from Blood Ties a Broken Heart?
Set against a back drop of the equestrian world Blood Ties a Broken Heart is ultimately a love story with a HEA ending. But finding that happy ending isn’t always straight forward and in Blood Ties the heroine, Rylee has to weigh up her love for Ash against being true to herself, her values and her principles.
Ash refuses to believe his baby sister Arden is using illegal methods on her horses so she can win elite competitions and his blind loyalty is destroying any chance he has of winning Rylee’s heart.
I do enjoy setting my stories in places I know and love. I could do a lot of research but I really like it when I can visualize the place, recall the sights, scents, sounds or even the feel of the wind on my face. Plus it gives me satisfaction to be able to share the landscape with the readers, but the unique lifestyle and characters that make Australians who they are.
Was there a lot of research involved in writing about eventing?
While I had my own horse for a number of years and was involved in pony club activities, and endurance riding I was never involved in elite competition. I had attended the International Horse Trials here in Adelaide so was familiar with the event. I did need to refresh my knowledge on dressage and research the cross country jumping course and also I researched instances of abuse to elite horses to increase their performance.
Family plays a large part in this story. Is that something which you enjoy writing about?
Family is important to most of us; it shapes who we are, our dreams, our values and our beliefs. All these elements play a part in who we fall in love with and how we build rich rewarding relationships. I also feel families can also provide great love, loyalty and conflict.
Many years ago about 1986 the writing group I belonged to brought a lady to our small country town to deliver a workshop on how to write a Mills and Boon. It was a wonderful workshop, we all had fun, but I am not sure how ‘practical’ it really was. Anyway everyone had an attempt to write a romance novel. None of us succeeded in getting published by M&B, and I was the only one who continued to try and in 2014 Totally Bound accepted my first book.
What is your idea of a perfect hero?
Strong, but not overbearing, good communicator, playful, animal lover, sense of humour, encouraging and supportive of my dreams and enjoys getting out to shows, dinner or other activities. Of course he must be good in bed and I would prefer him to be taller than me.
What can we expect from you next with Totally Bound?
I am currently working on another contemporary erotic romance about a heroine from the wrong side of the tracks. She begins crossing swords with a rich property developer when she uses his land for a guerrilla garden to feed the poor. She never intends to get married and he has to work hard to convince her otherwise.
I also have a fantasy erotic romance in the planning stages.