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Author spotlight: Lee Christine

23 November 2018

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 next year in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Lee Christine, author of six romances in the genres of romantic suspense and Australian rural romance. She will be attending ARR2019 in Sydney.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

In my late 30s. I’d always dabbled, writing songs and magazine articles. But when my children reached their pre-teen years, I decided to try my hand at writing a full novel.

Why romance and not a different genre?

My first novel was actually a YA. I put it in the bottom drawer and decided YA wasn’t the genre I wanted to write in. I love crime novels and romance novels, so romantic suspense was a natural fit for me.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I think I borrowed every Lucy Walker novel from the school library when I was in Year 7. But it was the sheer passion and drama of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss that got me firmly hooked on romance.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

Be fearless.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Character creation.

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

Listen to an inspiring piece of music and then keep plugging away until the words begin to flow.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • eBook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

In my life, I’m inspired by a variety of people, many of whom are professional musicians. I admire their tenacity and their dedication to their craft. Recently, I’ve been inspired by metal cellist, Tina Guo, a soloist who also plays in Hans Zimmer’s band. And author, Sandra Brown. Her suspense novels keep me turning the pages late into the night.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less 

My latest release is A Daughter’s Choice book no. 4 in the Mindalby Outback Romance series. A Daughter’s Choice was released in July 2018 in ebook by Escape Publishing and in print by Harlequin Mira in anthology format titled Heart of the Town. A Daughter’s Choice is the story of Lynsey Carter, who returns home to support her mother when the family cotton mill closes unexpectedly. As Lynsey delves into what went wrong, she is faced with a series of heart-wrenching choices, one of which involves her distant father, and another her first love, Julian Stone, who still lives in Mindalby.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I’ve recently returned to my favourite genre, romantic suspense. In 2019 I will be working on book number 2 in a new Australian romantic suspense series.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently.

Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.

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