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Author spotlight: Cathryn Hein

5 December 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 Cathryn Hein. She will be attending ARR2020 in Sydney.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I was in my late thirties when I finished my first manuscript, but I’d written off and on for most of my life.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Michelle Paver. Her book A Place in the Hills completely transformed my reading world. As did her Daughters of Eden trilogy. The way those books made me feel … I wanted MORE!

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

I’ve only written romance but I would love to write horror one day. I adore horror novels. I think it comes from being give a book of original Grimms’ Fairy Tales when I was a kid. They were deliciously awful.

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

April’s Rainbow. Chris or Liam Hemsworth as Tristan and Jessica De Gouw as April.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Creating a hero and heroine who, despite their differences, faults and conflicts, are likeable and clearly destined to be together.

What is your favourite place to write?

In my office. I have everything at hand.

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

Not so much the people in their entirety, more a distinctive mannerism or saying.

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

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey, although it was more love story than romance. The writing was beautiful and it made me bawl.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Eddie and the Show Queen is book five in my loosely related Levenham Love Story series. To win back the love of his life, Alice Lindner, giant-sized Eddie Argyle enters the local Wine Show Crown contest. He thinks it’ll be easy, but the show queen contest isn’t a quaint country competition, it’s a blood sport. Besides, Alice wants to win the crown herself as tribute to her late mum, and there’s no way she’s letting Eddie get his big hands on it. Sweet, funny and emotional, Eddie and the Show Queen will make you smile and sigh.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

A sequel to Elsa’s Stand, featuring Elsa’s beautician friend Serenity and bad boy Jesse Hargreaves, and a yet-to-be-named single-title rural romance. There will also be edits for Scarlett and the Model Man, book six in the Levenham Love Story series.

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



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