One of the advantages of writing romance novels is you get to research romantic settings. None compare with my favourite place in the world, North Queensland’s Magnetic Island.
Writing Coming Home was fun but editing the first of my Around Australia romances has been bittersweet. I was privileged to live on this most magic of tropical islands for a couple of years with my daughters and we’d often do the walk from Nellie to Geoffrey Bay for no other reason than because we could.
But my love affair with my island goes much further back…back to the good old days of being single and young and free (yeah, it was a long time ago:))
I’d catch a ferry from Townsville and do the same walk to visit my best friend Clare and, later, her family. Poor Ross could never understand why I walked when they had a perfectly good car to pick me up from the ferry but it was like coming home every time I traipsed up over the hill from Nellie to be greeted by the welcome of Geoffrey Bay.
How many sunsets did we watch, kicked back on the beach, champagne in hand, enjoying each other’s company with nowhere else to be and nothing more important to do than admire another passing day in paradise.
It’s how my heroine, Kellie Strachan, feels when she finds her own special part of paradise on the island. No more big city stress and no family problems to take care of…or so she thinks.
Everything is perfect in the new life Kellie has created for herself until Jack Gilbert comes along and spoils it all.
Sorry, Kellie, but living on a tropical island can’t be all sunsets and magic. You’re going to have to work for your happy ending, just like the rest of us (but trust me, Jack’s worth all the effort in the end).