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Author spotlight: Lily Malone

19 March 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 Lily Malone, author of eight romances in the genres of Australian rural romance and romantic comedies/cozy mysteries. She will be attending ARR2019 in Perth.

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

When I tried unsuccessfully to exercise my creativity via baking, and then via painting, when my two boys were young. When my son was a year old, he put my hubby’s golf club handle through the canvas I’d been trying to paint for months and months … so I gave that up (I was shit at baking and shit at painting anyway) and I decided I’d write a book!

Why romance and not a different genre?

The ideas I think of are romantic. Even when I’m reading crime fiction, I find it’s the relationship between the cop and one of the other characters, e.g. a friend or a sister of the victim, that I find just as intriguing as the ‘who dunnit’.

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

Now I’m not sure it’s the first romance I read, but it’s the one I remember. It was called Savage Surrender by Charlotte Lamb. I believe nowadays it’s seen as a bit controversial, as it featured what I guess (in this age of consent) would constitute a rape. It was set in Greece—and to some extent inspired my visit to Greece and the Greek Islands in my late 20s. I liked that the heroine genuinely wasn’t interested in the hero for a very long time, because she was in love with another man.

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


What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Character creation.

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

I go for a walk and I find when I’m walking, ideas come to me and the words then flow.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference):

  • first person or third? I love first person, present tense writing!

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

Rachael Johns inspires me because she shows it’s possible to make a career in this business of writing.

Tell us about your latest release, The Café by the Bridge, in 100 words or less

Chalk Hill local, Abe Honeychurch, has been scammed out of a whole stack of money, as has the brother of child psychologist Taylor Woods. Taylor thinks that if she can enlist Abe’s support, she can get justice for her brother. Abe just wants to forget the whole saga, but Taylor is a hard gal to ignore.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

Book 3 in the Chalk Hill series is with my editor now. I hope she loves Brix and Jaydah’s story!

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

Shadows of Wongan Creek by Juanita Kees.

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


  1. Susan Dunn permalink
    19 March 2019 9:42 pm

    Lovely to learn a bit more about you, Lily. I look forward to seeing you again at the ARRA event.

  2. 19 March 2019 11:15 am

    Have a great time in Perth, Lily. The Cafe By The Bridge sounds like a terrific read!

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