Guest blogger: Lisa Heidke
Firstly, can I say what a fabulous time I had at the Australian Romance Readers Convention last weekend! Can’t wait for the next one.
Now, about Claudia and her friends!
My new novel, Claudia’s Big Break, is about three best friends, taking stock of their lives and heading off on the adventure of their lives, with a bit of drunken karaoke and romance thrown in.
Seeking time and space to think about new possibilities, Claudia Taylor jets off to glorious Santorini with her two best friends, Tara and Sophie. Sophie and Tara also hope a break from the daily grind will help them make some major life decisions.
All are at a crossroads, some surprisingly so. All the women have their own dreams, and through a series of adventures and unexpected events, find that a holiday can change their lives forever.
I loved writing Claudia’s Big Break, not only because it’s set in the beautiful Greek Isles, but because I was able to write about three strong female characters who are all seeking time and space to think about new possibilities in their lives. In addition to exploring Claudia, Sophie and Tara’s lifelong friendships, there’s plenty of romance and intrigue as well.
Claudia’s Big Break is similar to my other novels, Lucy Springer Gets Even and What Kate did Next in that my main characters are women facing a crisis or two. However, this time instead of being based in suburban Sydney where Lucy and Kate live, Claudia and her friends get to jet off to Europe.
I like to think that all three books are relevant and realistic but also entertaining and give readers a sense of ‘we’re all in this together’. All of us deal with varying levels of crisis on a daily basis and I have my share (I’m also an excellent eavesdropper) so I can relate to my characters and identify with them. I have hopefully presented their stories in a humorous way that readers will relate to.
Her twenties and thirties seem to have disappeared in a haze of boring office jobs, unsuitable shags and superficial spending. Her latest disaster? An ill-advised fling.
In an attempt to get some perspective on her life, Claudia jets off to glorious Santorini with her two best friends, Tara and Sophie. But it’s not long before they’re shaking their heads at some of Claudia’s shenanigans.
Meanwhile, Sophie and Tara are wrestling with their own issues. Sophie, a former high-flying career woman, is struggling with being a her husband’s second wife…as well as being a stay-at-home mother. Tara, meanwhile, is sick of her dead-end job and trying to write a novel.
Lisa is giving away a copy of Claudia’s Big Break to one reader who leaves a comment.
The competition has now closed. The winner of the book giveaway was Bronwyn Jameson.
Follow Lisa on Twitter @lisaheidke and visit her website and blog at www.lisaheidke.com