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Author spotlight: Trish Morey

20 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 Trish Morey. She will be attending ARR2020 in Adelaide.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

Gosh, our second daughter had just been born—I must have been 32. Although I was famously heard to utter the words, ‘Oh, anyone could write this stuff’, when I was all of fifteen, so the germ was planted way back then. (And yes, more fool me for so arrogantly thinking that!)

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

It wasn’t so much an author, but a line: Harlequin Presents. Together with my sister, we devoured them in our teens. It was only later that I got to appreciate the authors I loved the most—and unsurprisingly it came down to the Aussie and NZ authors: Emma Darcy, Miranda Lee, Allison Kelly, Robyn Donald and Susan Napier, to name a few.

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

After 30+ Harlequin Presents, I have branched out more into rural romance and then women’s fiction over the last few years, so the balance is definitely shifting. And then there’s an ancient historical I want to see the light someday. Maybe I should finish it!

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

It would have to be my upcoming release, One Summer Between Friends. I’d choose Rose Byrne, Isla Fisher and Margot Robbie for the three lead characters. I’d choose Lord Howe Island to play itself 🙂

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Ooh, apart from the writing? (Seriously:-)) I think ensuring that the premise has enough grunt in it to power a story. An idea isn’t enough, it has to be an idea with legs.

What is your favourite place to write?

At our beach house down on the south coast of SA. I write facing a wall, but when I need to think (and yet still pretend I’m working), I’m able to look out over hills and farmland and ocean. It’s pretty special.

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

Yes, but usually more of a mix of people and backstories, just to give them some serious hangups.

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

Home to Turtle Bay by Marion Lennox. Such a great book. Romance, laughs, turtles and geriatric cows and all written by a master romance story teller—what’s not to love?

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

One Summer Between Friends. Three one time best friends—blown apart by jealousy, infertility and betrayal—but forced to be together once again in the beautiful but isolated pressure cooker environs of Lord Howe Island. Coming home was never going to be easy … but why did forgiveness have to be so difficult? A book to read and then look at your best girlfriends, and wonder if, in the same circumstances, you could forgive.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

More single title romances. No more details at the moment, but stay tuned (and sign up on my website for my author newsletter and you’ll be the first to know!)

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


  1. 22 December 2019 2:27 pm

    I’m looking at a wall right now, but if I raise my eyes, I can see palm fronds swaying in the breeze. I imagine rolling hills and ocean beyond would be quite inspiring. 🙂

    • Trish Morey permalink
      22 December 2019 4:37 pm

      Palm fronds sound very tropical to me. Our rolling hills (at least in the foreground) feature giant cylindrical hay bales. There’s often a kangaroo or three hopping around in morning or at dusk. And yes, then the sea. And not only inspiring, but calming too, especially when panicking about deadlines:))

  2. 21 December 2019 2:33 pm

    Fun answers to some interesting questions. Love the dream cast for your current release!

    • Trish Morey permalink
      21 December 2019 4:11 pm

      Hello there Terry! Lovely to hear from you. All the best for your 2019 season end holidays and for a cracking new year!! xx

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