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Author spotlight: Megan Mayfair

13 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 Megan Mayfair. She will be attending ARR2020 in Sydney and Melbourne.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

As a teenager I always wrote bits and pieces that had a romantic thread, but for me, coming back to writing has only been in the past few years.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

I read a lot of classics growing up, so Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte books caught my attention early on. I loved the romantic arcs in Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

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

I write women’s fiction with a strong element of romance woven through the plot, as well as sometimes a mystery. Cosy mysteries intrigue me, but there would still be a strong romantic thread throughout them. I couldn’t imagine writing something that didn’t have a romantic plot in it!

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

If The Problem with Perfect were to be made into a movie I’d cast Richard Armitage as Finn, and Natalie Portman as Marigold.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Making sure that everything comes together and ties up in a way that is true to the story and true to the characters.

What is your favourite place to write?

Cafes—I love the hustle and bustle and noise. And good coffee.

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

Not really. There are a few characters that look like my favourite actors, but otherwise, they tell me who they are and what they are about!

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

I’ve been reading Amy Andrews’ Sydney Smoke series and really enjoying those. So sexy and fun.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

My latest book is A Spoonful of Sugar, it’s the third book in the Tangled Vines saga. It’s about family, love and finding your purpose in life. The tagline is that it’s never too late to start again, and that’s exactly what my characters realise. It was fun to bring back characters and situations from Tangled Vines and The Problem with Perfect, and see another side of the story through the perspectives of Rose Doyle and Odette Doyle, and new character, Dr Noah Edwards.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

I have a new series launching in 2020, but it won’t be completely unfamiliar to my readers—there’s a few familiar characters in the mix!

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


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