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Author spotlight: Megan Mayfair

1 January 2019

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

Today we’re having Elevenses with Megan Mayfair, author of two romances in the genres of family saga, romantic comedy and ‘lifelit’. She will be attending ARR2019 in Melbourne.

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

I always enjoyed writing as a child and teenager, and then life got in the way (university, work, meeting my real-life romantic hero). But it was always on the ‘bucket list’ to try to write a manuscript. A couple of years ago, a friend was published, and I was so proud of her, it inspired me to set myself a challenge—a year to finish a manuscript. The experience would tell me if (a) I could actually write a whole manuscript, (b) whether I enjoyed the process, and (c) whether it was something I wanted to continue to work on. I found that all A, B and C were a yes, so I continued.

Why romance and not a different genre?

No matter what I set out to write, romance always plays a role because I love for my characters to have purpose and be content. A romance is one particularly beautiful way to help them achieve this outcome.

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

I always had very eclectic tastes in reading materials as a child and teenager, but the first romance I probably read was Pride and Prejudice when I was twelve or thirteen. My love of books about romance, a bit of comedy and satire, and family dynamics can probably be traced back to that exact moment. And, of course, an enduring crush on Mr Darcy.

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

The ability to set goals—around word counts, finishing a manuscript, asking for feedback from beta readers or critique partners, submitting to agents/publishers or setting timeframes for self-publishing. We are more likely to achieve things when we have specific and measureable goals to work towards.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Giving my characters a happy ending.

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

Write through it. I have moments of ‘I can’t do this again’ when I start a new piece, but once I start to get a few words down, more flow.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone? Both!
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover? All!
  • first person or third?

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

I have a fabulous writing group—Lou Greene, Marianne Bayliss, Jayne Kingsley and Stella Quinn—we’re a big inspiration and support for each other.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

In Tangled Vines, Amelia O’Sullivan is a photographer who has always viewed herself through the wrong lens. When her marriage publicly crashes around her, she flees to the safety of her aunt Jill’s property.

Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Frederick Doyle may seem like a man who has it all, but behind the scenes a bitter business feud threatens an irrevocable family split.

Finding her niece, Amelia, at her door, reminds Jill of the bonds of family, but in seeing Amelia and Frederick’s relationship grow, a long-forgotten and painful secret threatens to re-surface. Can Amelia, Frederick and Jill untangle themselves from their pasts, or will history simply repeat itself?

What else will you be working on in 2019?

My third novel, The Problem with Perfect, will be released in 2019. It follows Marigold Doyle, who is Frederick’s sister from Tangled Vines. Marigold thinks she has the perfect life but when her husband, Julian, passes away leaving a series of secrets, her world crumbles. Can Finn, a former Australian Federal Police officer, turned security consultant, help her pick up the pieces?

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

The Elusive Earl by Maddison Michaels.

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

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