Guest blogger: Eva Scott
It’s only rock and roll, but I like it
What drew you to romance novels? For me, my introduction to reading romance occurred nearly forty years ago. My mother, an avid reader, would take me hunting through our local second-hand book shops for Mills & Boons. We had no money, being a single-parent family in the 80s, and half the fun was finding a new read from a treasured author and coming home with a big shopping bag full of books.
In my latest book, Red Dust Runaway, I chase the heady feelings of fresh romance that those books used to afford me back in the days when I was fresh to it all. I wanted to feel that bubbly sensation in my chest as the characters circle each other. Will they, won’t they—of course they will!
I chose to blend my love of romance with my experience in the music industry. It’s a little-known fact that for a number of years I worked in that industry, first as an audio engineer—back in the days when we actually spliced tape—then I worked for a music management company in London before moving on to radio. It was the 90s and we felt as if we were in the thick of it, visiting grungy clubs and seeking out new bands, in amongst the drama of it all. A couple of my flat mates were working for Freddie Mercury when he passed away. Life was a revolving circus and we were in the main ring.
Having said that, there really isn’t very much that’s glamorous about the music industry. It’s a hard grind and often not very friendly. Competition is fierce and the arc of a musician’s career can be heart-stoppingly short. A friend of mine (all sources must remain nameless for obvious reasons) had a hot affair with an 80s rock god who had fallen on hard times. He’s made a comeback of late but his struggle involved burnout, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues—all attributed to travelling at the speed of light. It’s a mad, high-octane world when there is money to be made off a bright shooting star. One day you’re hot, the next you’re not.
The music industry taught me that, sometimes, when we’re busy pursuing our dreams we can find we’ve shot right passed them, missing the satisfaction and joy of creating something to share with the world in favour of the business of creativity—promotion, ratings, charts and dollars. Yes, we all like to earn some money for our efforts and have people love our work. Of course, we do. What we need is to keep connected to what drove us to create in the first place, keep true to that and the rest will follow.
In Red Dust Runaway, Kit is burned out with the business and busyness of the music industry. He’s ready to get off the rock star rollercoaster. Meanwhile Iris, a classical music student, can’t seem to get a foot in the door and feels her life is never going to begin. Together they manage to get something started that turns out to be bigger than the both of them, and more magical than they could ever have imagined.
Red Dust Runaway
Sheltered, coddled, gifted, Iris longs for something more than practice and performing. She wants to rebel, break the rules, have a hot affair, fall in love—to really live before happily committing to her classic music bubble. But her strict parents and her stricter schedule keep her confined to her gilded cage, even as she yearns desperately to be free.
Super star, successful, and sick of all of it, Kit just wants to stop. Stop the touring and the recording and the media and the bickering with his band mates. After two years on the road, he’s coming apart at the seams. He has to slow down, calm down, clear his head—to really think before recommitting to his rock star lifestyle. But his manager and the tour schedule keep him locked to his super star lifestyle, even as he rages against the confinement.
A chance encounter in a car park leads to a snap decision and an enormous risk: suddenly Kit and Iris are on an extraordinary road trip together across Australia, making their own choices, breaking all the rules. But reality is chasing them more quickly than they can know, and soon Kit and Iris will have to decide whether they are just running away—or running away together.
Eva Scott writes contemporary romance set in her homeland of Australia and historical fiction set in the Ancient World. Her books offer passion and adventure in some of the most beautiful and intriguing places in the world. Her heroes and heroines are strong, sassy and ready to rise to their challenges, and learn a little bit about themselves along the way.
Having lived overseas for several years, Eva returned to study Anthropology before heading off to live in Papua New Guinea for a year. There she met the love of her life, author GW Gibson, who was stationed there with the Australian Defence Force. The rest is history—romantic history.
She now lives on the Redcliffe peninsula with her husband, small son and an assortment of animals. When Eva is not writing, she enjoys teaching children’s creative writing, cooking up a story, practising yoga and getting out on the bay on her stand-up paddle board.