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Author spotlight: Maddison Michaels

20 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 Maddison Michaels, author of two romances in the genres of historical romance. She will be attending ARR2019 in Sydney.

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

When I was eleven and my teacher told us about a State writing contest. It was like a light bulb went off in my head, and I literally knew that I wanted to enter the competition and write. I was awarded second place in the State for that comp too!!

Why romance and not a different genre?

Because I believe everyone should have a happily ever after (my characters included)!

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

I first read Deception by Amanda Quick, and I fell in love straight away, with the characters, the setting and the story. I quickly devoured all of her books and then moved on to Julie Garwood, Georgette Heyer, Johanna Lindsay, Nora Roberts, to name but a few. I love romance because you get to experience falling in love with the characters every time … it’s magic!

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

Persistence. Don’t consider a ‘NO’ to be a ‘NO’, rather consider it as a ‘next’ and move on, until you get your yes. (A very thick skin also helps.)

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Plotting. This is my favourite, as I really get to hash out the story and learn about my characters during the process.

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

Whenever I’m suffering writer’s block, I’ve realised that it’s generally because the story isn’t heading in the direction it should. I have to go back over the scene/plot and work out where it’s not feeling right and brainstorm other possibilities until I hit on the jackpot and then I can easily move forward.

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?

Jayne Ann Krentz. She was the first historical romance author I read (writing as Amanda Quick) and was and still is my writing idol. I was lucky enough to not only meet her when ARRA had her to a high tea in Sydney a few years back, but I also got to sit next to her and chat to her, and since then we’ve been emailing and staying in touch. She is just one of the loveliest and kindest authors I know, and has been so kind to me on my publication journey!

Tell us about your latest release, The Elusive Earl, in 100 words or less 

In the heart of Naples, amateur archaeologist Brianna Penderley’s terrible Italian has her accidentally becoming engaged to two men at once. Of course, Daniel Wolcott—the tightly wound Earl of Thornton and the only man ever able to vex her—shows up to rescue her. Swept up in a perilous adventure, Daniel and Brianna must work together to survive their time in Italy. Now if they can just avoid killing each other.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I’m working on book 3 in the Saint and Scoundrels series, which is set in the Highlands and tells Dr Alec’s story (readers may remember he made an appearance in book 1).

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

OMG, there are sooo many great ones, but I recently read Megan Mayfair’s The Things We Leave Unsaid—and it was a fabulous read!

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



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