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 author Fiona McCallum to the stage.
1. Describe the perfect date.
At home on the couch in front of the fire, sharing a bottle of wine and a cheese platter.
2. Which of your books are you most proud of?
Paycheque, but only because it was my first published after having my writing rejected by publishers and agents for many years.
3. What is the hardest thing about being a romance author?
Trying not to take negative reviews personally.
5. Who (aside from a significant other) do you swoon over?
Actors John Cusack, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Hugh Jackman…
6. Tell us something very few people know about you.
I was assessed in high school by psychologists as not being able to cope with tertiary study, but went on to become a high distinction student at university.
7. Describe your writing style in three words.
Down-to-earth, honest, realistic.
8. What is your definition of a good book?
One I can’t put down. And I’m a sucker for a happy ending!
9. Which author would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Joan Lindsay (deceased) – so I could ask her what really happened at Hanging Rock.
10. Finish this sentence: I would do anything for love, but I won’t _________
… share my bed with a snorer!
Fiona McCallum spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. An avid reader and writer, she decided at the age of nine that she wanted to be the next Enid Blyton! Her first novel Paycheque was released on April 2011 and became an ‘instant bestseller’. She has since published three more books, all of which have been bestsellers. Fiona McCallum’s book Wattle Creek was chosen as one of the Get Reading! “50 Books You Can’t Put Down” for 2012. Fiona’s latest novel, Saving Grace, was published in April 2013 and is the first in her The Button Jar series.