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Author spotlight: Michelle Dalton

25 November 2019

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Michelle Dalton. She will be attending ARR2020 in Brisbane and Sydney.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I almost said primary school—hahaha! Romance writing started around six years ago. Like many others I read 50 Shades and went, like but I can do better and so I did 😉

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

I’m not sure if the book is classified as a romance but Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, the one after that was Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. After that there were a few Mills & Boons and Danielle Steel books until I returned to some classics and then began searching for up and coming authors in the genre.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

Steampunk … oh wait that does have romance in it … I’ve written short story thrillers about the crime in South Africa. And I’m working on a fantasy cosy mystery.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Epona. Elanor Tomlinson as Sadie Munro and Aiden Turner as Blane Buchan.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Getting it out of my head and on to paper. My brain gets super excited when I get going and my fingers, nor my dyslexia can keep up.

I wish Elon Musk or some awesome millennial would hurry up and invent a brain to paper thingamabob … but then I’d miss sculpting my story with words—eish one is never happy.

What is your favourite place to write?

On my bed with a glass of wine and chocolates.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Yes! Me, people I have nursed, my mother and Nan, my Oupa (grandfather) my Gogo (great-grandmother), my cousin. In Iron Heart—Frankenstein … oops he’s not real … or is he???? Mwahahaha!

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

Daughter of the Forrest by Juliet Marillier. It’s everything I love in a romance. It’s old, its fantasy, its legend. The world, the words, the journey!

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Simple Truths is bloody amazing! It takes you to South Africa, shows you love, heartbreak, corruption, and truth unlike you’ve never read it before. It will rip out your heart, then leave you panting for more! It’s interracial, it’s eye opening and everything you want in romance.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

Oh wow! Loads! I need to complete Vala, my second in the Highlands and Goddesses series, which follows after Epona. I’ll be making notes for my passion novel and the third in the Highlands and Goddesses series, as well as completing book three in my and Mel’s Iron Universe series, while making notes for our fourth book. Oh yeah and making notes for my cosy fantasy and a chic lit. 😊

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.

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