As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Rural Romance and Mills & Boon author Barbara Hannay to the stage.
1. Describe the perfect date.
My man and I are in Rome, in a small insignificant looking back street restaurant that’s dripping with history and filled with fascinating locals who come here regularly. We’re eating gnocchi Gorgonzola and drinking vino rosso. Afterwards, we walk back to our hotel along cobblestone streets, past fountains, statues and gardens hidden behind stone walls and we stop in another little café for coffee or limoncello.
In another world, another time… in our favourite city… in love.
2. Which of your books are you most proud of?
Zoe’s Muster, my first single title, felt like a big achievement after writing forty plus category romances. I loved the chance to explore my characters in greater depth and to bring out themes like Zoe’s search for identity.
3. What is the hardest thing about being a romance author?
I think every writer of all genres probably suffers from loneliness at times. It’s a very solitary job, but the reward is getting lost in stories we love. Every day.
4. What is the best thing about being a romance author?
Without question the best thing has been the wonderful friends I’ve made among other romance writers. I cherish my connection with these warm, wise and witty women, and we have so much fun when we get together.
5. Who (aside from a significant other) do you swoon over?
Ah, well… this changes pretty regularly, but at the moment it would be Daniel Craig or a very young Ed Harris (saw him recently in a 1983 movie, The Right Stuff. OMG…).
6. Tell us something very few people know about you.
I was crazy about sport when I was young. I was either in the backyard throwing or catching or hitting a ball… of course, if I wasn’t doing that, I had my nose in a book.
7. Describe your writing style in three words.
Realistic, emotional, evocative.
8. What is your definition of a good book?
One that grabs me at hello and doesn’t let go, a book I hate to put down, but don’t want to finish.
9. Which author would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Jane Austen. Intelligent, witty, with a great sense of humour. And a wonderful storyteller. The perfect dinner guest.
10. Finish this sentence: I would do anything for love, but I won’t do_____
anything I knew would hurt someone else.
Barbara Hannay is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than forty novels published in twenty-six languages worldwide. She lives in tropical North Queensland with her husband.