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Author spotlight: Trish Morey

4 March 2011

A chartered accountant by trade, Trish Morey was finally able to hang up her calculator in 2003 after eleven mixed years of contest successes interspersed with rejection letters. Currently working on her twenty-third title for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Trish is a USA Today bestselling author, four times Borders Group #1 Series Bestseller and RBY winner in both 2006 and 2009. At last count Trish’s books have been published in some twenty-six languages in forty countries of which her favourites would have to be her seven Manga editions (two of which are available to bid on in the upcoming silent auction for the Flood Relief Appeal!)  A member also of RWAmerica, Trish has variously served as Vice President, Conference Co-ordinator and Published Author Liaison for Romance Writers of Australia and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 2009. Trish lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills with her growing family.

And now for Trish’s turn under the spotlight …

Have you attended one of ARRA’s events before?

Indeed. The book signing at Coogee last year was fabulous in organisation, execution and crowd control. And there was such a crowd!<g>. I loved it from start to finish and I am so looking forward to attending again this year!

What are you most looking forward to at ARRC2011?

Being amongst lovers of the romance genre, whether they be writers or readers or readers and writers. There’s always a buzz when romance lovers get together and it leaves you dizzy and totally inspired with the high.

Also I’m looking forward to checking out and bidding on some of those fabulous auction items. I think it’s fabulous that ARRA has got behind the Qld flood appeal and I hope it raises a zillion dollars for the cause. I’ve donated a couple of book packs that include a Presents edition with the Manga version – so if anyone is into Manga – check those ones out. I’m not game to tell you what I’m planning on bidding on, because I don’t want the competition – but okay, truth be told, I want it all!!

What do you have coming up next?

The Heir from Nowhere is a wrong embryo book, where the wrong IVF recipient receives the wrong embryo. One of the things I love about the romance genre is that it shifts with the times, and IVF procedures have given us a new range of high stakes and high emotional possibilities to explore and incorporate into our books – and the fact the IVF gods sometimes get it wrong has given us a good deal more.

I love this story, even though when I was writing it, I cursed myself for the insanity of the premise. It challenged me as a writer (I’d never had a heroine so recently married before) and it took it out of me, but in the end, I am just so proud of it, and for one reason or another, that doesn’t always happen.  I am also stoked that it made my editor cry both pre and post revisions, even though the second time she knew what was coming. And not because I’d completely missed the point (as one of my daughter’s not-so-kindly suggested – lol. Nothing like a daughter or four to bring you down to earth with a whump).

Which of your books (or characters) is your favourite?

That’s such a tough one! Was it my first that sold, after 11 years of trying, or was it the latest, because that’s fresh in my mind? Or was it one that won an award or two? I’d have to say, without fear or favour, I love them all in their own, special ways. Everyone is different. Everyone is special. Although right now I’m really anxious to see how my next novella, The Storm Within, published in the Royal Wedding Anthology here and in the UK in May, gets received. My first gothic adventure. A neglected castle. A scarred count. And a document, found in the bowels of the caves below the castle needing the services of a reluctant booking conservator. I had fun with that one…

If you haven’t read Trish’s books yet, better hunt them down:

  1. Aimee permalink
    6 March 2011 12:25 pm

    Hi Trish,

    See you soon in Bondi!

  2. Laine permalink
    5 March 2011 12:31 am

    Hi Trish,

    I didn’t realise you were going to be at ARRC so I haven’t made a collection of your books on my Sony Reader yet. (I’m trying so hard to be organised this year LOL.) However, I’ve checked my computer hard drive and there are 4 of your books there. There are bound to be more on the SD cards for the pocket pc, if I can find them. I’ve been an avid Harlequin efan for a few years now.

    I’ve put The Heir From Nowhere in my M&B shopping bag but they’re having problems with their payment system, so I’ll wait till it’s fixed before I complete purchase. I’m looking forward to that one . The premise sounds very interesting.

    • 5 March 2011 11:49 am

      Hi Laine!

      I love my Sony reader and buy them from M&B site too, so I can get them all a month earlier. I had the same trouble with my last batch of books too, and it wouldn’t go through, so thank you, you’ve reminded me I have some unfinished business there.

      I hope you enjoy The Heir from Nowhere! I’m curious as to what people think of the title – this book was going to be called “A Shocking Mistake” and I rebelled. I didn’t want any book of mine called a shocking mistake – (not on the title, anyway!) – lol

  3. 5 March 2011 12:02 am

    How wonderful that your story made your editor cry not once but twice! And from Gothic adventures to IVF and Manga?? That’s diversity!

    See you at ARRC:)

    • 5 March 2011 11:45 am

      Hi Helene, I’m a big fan of yours, thanks for popping in!

      That’s one of the things I do love about writing for Presents/Modern/Sexy – while some people seem to think they’re all Greeks, Sheikhs and billionaires, there’s a wide range of story types. I do love the over-the-toppedness (is that a word?) of them. Fantasy all the way.

      See you at ARRC! Not long now.

  4. 4 March 2011 9:34 pm

    Hi Trish,
    You certainly do live in a lovely part of Australia. Love the premise of your IVF story, very relevant to today, I can see that it will be another best seller.



    • 4 March 2011 10:36 pm

      Margaret, how lovely to see you!

      It is indeed a gorgeous part of Australia – close to the city and beaches but a world away. I love it.

      And you know, that IVF story was inspired by a true to life IVF mixup that happened a little while ago. Romance truly does change with the times!

  5. Barbara permalink
    4 March 2011 8:35 pm

    HI Trish
    Looking forward to seeing you at ARRC… Sorry to say I haven’t read any of your books yet…..Looks like I have some more books to read before then LOL

    • 4 March 2011 8:56 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      It’s a problem isn’t it – so many books, so little time. You should see my tbr pile. I had to buy a Sony e-reader so I could hide more there.

      See you at ARRC!

  6. 4 March 2011 3:17 pm

    Trish, I’m looking forward to catching up with you and your mangoes in Bondi. And I LOVE your count novella.

  7. 4 March 2011 12:22 pm

    Just in case anyone thinks I’m potty, that scrolling banner is above. Below the blog but above the comments. doh.

  8. 4 March 2011 11:48 am

    Thank you Bronwen!! My next release, The Heir from Nowhere is up on right now as it happens – an April Sexy here and it’s getting fabulous reviews in the UK. I think it’s one of my more emotional stories. My editor cried twice (in a good way!) when she read it both before and after revisions, even though she knew the ending, which I thought was kind of nice.

  9. 4 March 2011 11:30 am

    Hehe Anne,

    I think as a modern mother it’s my duty to embarrass my children. They’re kind of used to it by now, but they sure weren’t expecting it via Manga:-))

    One of the books on offer has what I refer to as my “David Tennant” cover. It’s the Manga version of The Boss’s Christmas Baby and you can see it in the rolling banner below (I love those, thank you ARRA blog goddesses!) and the other is my plastic surgery book, For Revenge…Or Pleasure? with the mad doctor which translates into Mango so well. It’s a lot of fun!

    I’m looking longingly at that fabulous list of auction goodies. I will be first in line for some of them, I can tell you.

  10. 4 March 2011 11:21 am

    I love Trish’s books. Her humor and emotion is fabulous. I can’t wait for her next release.

  11. 4 March 2011 10:44 am

    Hey there Trish, those mangas have got MY name on them — not on the title page, she admits, but as far as silent auctions are concerned, they’re miiiiiiine.

    I’ve seen Trish’s mangas and they’re fabulous. And HOT! I do believe her kids were embarrassed. LOL

  12. 4 March 2011 10:15 am

    Hi Amy! I’m so looking forward to catching up soon. Hoping to have copies of the goth with any luck!

  13. 4 March 2011 9:55 am

    Loving the sound of your gothic adventure, Trish – can’t wait to read that one!
    See you at Bondi.

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