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Author spotlight: Avril Tremayne

15 February 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 Avril Tremayne, author of 12 romances in the genres of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She will be attending ARR2019 in Sydney.

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

I want to say when I was a little girl, but the truth is what I wanted back then was to be with books! It wasn’t until I was in my twenties, miserable in a PR job for a bank, that I dreamed of becoming an author, as a kind of escape.

Why romance and not a different genre?

Romances make me happy.

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

Jane Eyre—poor, plain heroine; rich, brooding hero; wild and wonderful Yorkshire; lovers torn apart but fated to be together. Irresistible. In a genre sense, however, my first was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. A whole book devoted to the one torrid, romantic relationship—I’d never read anything so breathtakingly passionate.

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

Patience. A first draft is a first draft—take time to make it wonderful instead of rushing to publish.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Dialogue

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

Write—there is no other way. Just write.

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?

Getting to the starting gate as an author, I’ve relied on pushing myself. But I’ve certainly been inspired since I became a writer—and I’ll give a shout out to Jan Van Engen here. Jan writes tirelessly, keeps pushing herself to improve, is endlessly supportive of other authors, and is a credit to the genre.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Getting Naughty is book 3 in my Harlequin DARE Reunions series. Teague Hamilton, a wealthy corporate lawyer from New York, is so used to playing it safe and consequently never getting what he really wants, he doesn’t know what to do when the woman he’s always lusted after, the alluringly wild Frankie Lee, offers herself to him for a two-week fling. He soon figures it out, though!

What else will you be working on in 2019?

Romantic comedy is my focus for 2019. I have one single title romp of a book almost completed, and then I want to move onto my two unfinished trilogies. I’ll be writing a male/male romance (Drew’s story) to follow Wanting Mr Wrong and Escaping Mr Right, and also the story of the third friend (Erica) from Kiss Don’t Tell and The Dating Game books.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

I’ve read some fabulous books by Aussie authors, but I’ll nominate At Your Service by Sandra Antonelli, because so many things about it appealed to me aside from the slow-burning romance. The heroine’s job as a butler intrigued me; I loved the settings (London and Sicily); the suspense element was really terrific; and I was kept on my toes with the twists and turns in the plot.

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

2 Comments
  1. avriltremayne permalink
    15 February 2019 11:47 am

    That was fun!

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