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Sarah Wendell to visit Australia

13 August 2013

SarahWendellAnd rounding out our series on the authors who will be visiting Australia in August for the Romance Writers of Australia conference, today we are talking with Sarah Wendell. If you would like to meet Sarah she will be signing at our book-signing event on 17 August–details are available here. (Sarah will also be at other events–details of all events are shown at the end of this article.)

What kind of books did you love when you were a child?

I loved the Ramona Quimby series from Beverly Cleary–though I sympathised with Ramona’s sister as I was an older sister, too. I also loved Judy Blume and Lois Duncan–even though Lois Duncan scared the crap out of me on a regular basis with her books.

How old were you when you discovered romance? Do you remember which book it was?

I sure do! I was about 15 or 16 years old, and the romance I read first was Midsummer Magic by Catherine Coulter.

Where did the idea for Smart Bitches Trashy Books come from?

A really inappropriate email conversation. During a long email exchange with Candy Tan, the co-founder of the site, we discovered we both loved romances, and we were both tired of taking crap for how much we liked them. One of us suggested a review blog to talk about how much we loved romance, and off we went!


How has Smart Bitches Trashy Books changed your life?

Good gravy, how has it not changed my life. I’m so incredibly fortunate. I’m going to Australia–for the second time in a year–due to my work on of the website. It’s created a job for me, it’s enabled me to become a stronger writer, and it’s helped me meet and become friends with romance readers all over the world. I love the community at SBTB.

Was it hard to find a publisher for your two non-fiction titles?

For the first book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms, we wrote two proposals–a second after the first was “not funny enough”–and shopped them around to several publishers before we got offers. For the second book, Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels, the publisher came to me with the idea for a crowdsourced book about romance, so it was a different process entirely!

What’s the last book you read, and what’s next on your TBR pile? And is your TBR pile as big as we all imagine it to be?

Oh, my, yes. My TBR is scary. The last book I read was Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen, and the next book I’m reading is … well, I haven’t started it yet. I have books that I’m saving for my trip to Australia–the flights are a bit long. 🙂

What is the one era you would love to visit and why?

I’d love to visit the future 100 years from now, to see what’s different, and what’s the same… and what romances people are reading.

Who is your perfect hero? And why?

My husband, Adam, because he’s perfect for me! We met in high school when we were 17 and got married when we were 25. We’ve known each other a long time, and we’re good for each other. Plus, I’ve known him since he had a mullet.

Other than books, what is one item you can’t resist buying?

Cookbooks! Wait, that’s a book. Dang it. Ok–I have a serious problem with organisational supplies, and I love dark chocolate, so I buy too much of both!

What is your favourite love story of all time, either book or movie?

THAT IS A HARD QUESTION! Oy. OK, I have two. I love Babette’s Feast, which isn’t a romantic love story but is about the love of food, and the love people have for each other. Every time I watch it, I get all warm and happy inside. My other favorite: Pride and Prejudice. Every time I read or see it (any version), I find something new to think about and enjoy.

What is your favourite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

Babette’s Feast, and How to Train Your Dragon.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you are in Australia?

Eating all your Tim-Tams! Last year, I was in Oz during Hurricane Sandy, which really hurt much of New Jersey, where I live. My husband was home with the kids, and they had no power for a week. They used a gas generator to heat the house and run the fridge (and the internet because priorities) but there was gas rationing because of the demand, and it was a stressful time for him–and for me, as I was very, very far away. I flew home a day early…and the power came back on 20 minutes after I got home. Heh heh. My kids say I brought the electricity home with me from Australia.

This time, my husband and kids are coming to meet me in Melbourne, and we’re going to travel eastern Australia together. I can’t wait to discover more of Oz with them, and enjoy the excellence that is the Australian people–y’all are really friendly.

You can find Sarah here: Smart Bitches | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Here are the events Sarah will be at while she is in Australia:

15-18 August, Fremantle
Romance Writers of Australia conference

17 August, Fremantle
ARRA Book-signing event, 5.00 to 6.30 pm
For more information and to book, click here.

22 August to 1 September, Melbourne
Melbourne Writers Festival
For more information about these events or to book, click here.

Digital Women – panel on creating, publishing and connecting in the digital environment featuring Sarah Wendell, Jane Caro and Marina Go
Friday 23 August, 6.30 pm
Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

Digital Drive – panel on audience development with Sarah Wendell and Luke Buckmaster
Saturday 24 August, 4.00 to 5.00 pm
The Wheeler Centre

Modern Love – panel on romance and erotica featuring Marjorie M Liu and Sarah Wendell
Sunday 25 August, 4.00 to 5.00 pm
ACMI Studio 1

30 September, Sydney
Throbbing Hearts Trivia Night, 6.30 to 11.00 pm
UTS, Ultimo
For more information and to book, click here

4-8 September, Brisbane
Brisbane Writers Festival
For more information, or to book for any of these events, click here

The Genre Ghetto – panel with Matt Fraction, Sarah Wendell, Justine Larbalestier, Ben McKenzie and Stuart MacBride
Friday 6 September, 6.30 to 8.00 pm
State Library of Queensland

Author talk with Sarah Wendell at Fairfield Library
Saturday 7 September, 10.00 to 11.00 am
Free event

Everything I Know About Love is from Romance Books
– panel with Antony Funnell, Sarah Wendell, Helene Young and Amy Andrews
Saturday 7 September, 4.00 to 5.00 pm
State Library of Queensland

Cutting through the Noise – panel with Tristan Bancks and Sarah Wendell
Sunday 8 September, 1.00 to 2.00 pm
Lecture Theatre, QAC

Heart of Obsidian – Sarah Wendell chats with Nalini Singh
Sunday 8 September, 1.00 to 2.00 pm
State Library of Queensland

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