Thursday, January 17, 2008
Ask Five with....Bronwyn Jameson!!!!
Give a hearty welcome to Bronwyn Jameson! She writes for Silhouette Desire and is the first author in the Diamonds Down Under mini series premiering this month in bookstores. Be sure to check it out! In the meantime, check out Bronwyn:
What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?
Vows & A Vengeful Groom is the first story in a brand new continuity series from Silhouette Desire titled Diamonds Down Under. This six-book series is set in Australia and New Zealand and focuses on a family split asunder thirty years ago over ownership of a fabulous diamond known as the Heart of the Outback. The old feud is reignited when a new generation is forced to deal with secrets and scandals unearthed in the aftermath of a tragic plane crash.
That crash provides the (shaky) foundation of Vows & A Vengeful Groom. The disappearance of her father brings estranged daughter Kimberley Blackstone back to the family home and business and into a new relationship with her ex, Ric Perrini. His ambition blew their brief stormy marriage apart ten years ago, but are his motives any purer this time around? Does he want Kim, the woman, or Kim, the Blackstone heiress who can help secure his position as chairman of Blackstone Diamonds?
What is the hardest part of writing?
The discipline of sitting down and getting the work done day after day. As much as I love writing and as involved as I get in my stories and characters, there are days I would rather be outdoors or reading a book or hitting the shops. Some days I have to prise the words from my brain one by one and on those days this is the hardest job I've ever done.
How do you stay motivated?
Having contracted delivery dates helps, and I have a posse of writing friends who can be relied upon for the swift-kick-of-motivation. But the true motivation has to come from inside, from the place where the stories are born and the characters gain life. The desire to tell their story is the only thing that works in the long term.
Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?
Ooh, good question...but tough because there have been so many over the years. When I started writing romance (1995) it was the Australian authors who'd succeeded brilliantly at Mills & Boon. Emma Darcy and Helen Bianchin in particular, through the contests they sponsored at Romance Writers of Australia and the wonderful feedback they gave me. Also Alison Kelly, whose sale (to M&B) story inspired me at the start and whose unique, informal voice really appealed to me. Then there was Fiona Brand, who sold to Silhouette a year or two before me and opened the door there for future down-under authors to follow. On the writing side, the Desires by Caroline Cross, Barbara McCauley, Leanne Banks, Eileen Wilkes, Cindy Gerard -- I'm sure I'm forgetting others, but those are amongst the favourites whose writing and stories influenced and inspired me.
What's coming up next for you?
In April 08 I have Tycoon's One-Night Revenge, which is a spin-off book from my Princes of the Outback mini-series. The final book in that trilogy, The Ruthless Groom, left an unanswered question about Susannah, the runaway fiancée. It's been a long time coming and I hope the many readers who wrote and asked for this story haven't tired of waiting! I'm currently working on a new mini-series about Melbourne sisters and mistaken identity (right sister/wrong brother), which takes them on an interesting journey to England. There's polo and Bond Street shopping and a country house party and weekends in Paris and men who sp;eak in James Bond voices. I'm having a LOT of fun with this!
You can learn more by visiting Bronwyn Jameson's website!