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Author spotlight: Tania Joyce

18 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 Tania Joyce, author of six books, including a bundle set, of steamy new adult and contemporary romances. She will be attending ARR2019 in Brisbane.

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

I was in New York in May 2011 with my best friend walking down Fifth Avenue, and after a few too many champagnes, I blurted, “I think I want to write a book.”

She laughed at me and said, “WTF! You? Write a book?”

I wrote my first book in August that year and haven’t looked back. Then, I went to my first RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) conference in 2012, I found my tribe and knew I wanted to pursue being an author as a career.

Why romance and not a different genre?

I like steamy sex scenes and happy ever afters. There really is no other option.

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

I fell in love with Anne and Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables. I loved the tension, the emotional roller coaster and Anne’s feistiness. I love strong heroines.

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

One characteristic? That’s so limiting. If it has to be one, I’d say … persistence. Keep at it if it is truly what you love. But in line with persistence, I think a willingness to learn, being able to take constructive criticism and continually aim to become a better writer are essential characteristics as well. This industry is forever changing, and you need to be flexible and accommodating to succeed.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Making your characters suffer and then giving them their HEA.

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

Drink wine (lots of it) and brainstorm with friends.

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?

I write rock star romance, so l pull my inspiration from my favourite artist. OF ALL TIME. It’s Kylie Minogue. I was doing the ‘Locomotion’ with her way back in 1988. Over the years I’ve admired her for sticking at what she loves, gracefully handling the cruel and scathing criticism, humbly accepting any praise and accolade, trying new things and pushing her creative boundaries. She truly is an inspiration. In life in general, my husband has continually believed in my writing and supported me every step of the way. He’s a keeper.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less 

Ruined: The Price of Play. One night of fun turns into a nightmare. Newly single, broken-hearted, and told she’ll never conceive naturally, Kara Knight drowns her sorrows at her best friend’s engagement party and falls into bed with the one person who was on her never-touch list—playboy rock star Hunter Collins. Becoming pregnant is nothing short of a miracle. But Hunter is haunted by a traumatic upbringing and isn’t prepared to become a father. With Hunter on tour and Kara’s health at risk, is she destined to be a single mom? Or will a tragic twist of fate bring this unlikely pair together?

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I’ll be working on Rapt: The Price of Love, book #3 in my Everhide Rockstar series. I have three other books planned for this series, one is half plotted out and drumming in my head. I just can’t write fast enough.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently.

Anything by Leesa Bow.

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


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