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Author spotlight: Anne Gracie

7 January 2020

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 Anne Gracie. She will be attending ARR2020 in Sydney and Melbourne.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I don’t remember. For a long time I was writing all sorts of things, with no particular purpose, and not aiming for publication. But I was in my late thirties when I really discovered genre romance and decided to aim for publication.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Georgette Heyer, though I didn’t think of her as romance as such, just good books. And then Mary Stewart, both when I was a young teenager.

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

No, it’s romance for me forever, I think. I do love paranormal, and crime, but I think if I did write them I’d also have romance in there.

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

Marry in Scarlet (my new book). For the hero I’d maybe choose Ian Somerhalder, and for the heroine, maybe Emma Watson—only with raggedy short hair.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Getting the start right. Coming at the story from the best angle. And then getting over the ‘this is the worst book ever’ feeling, which hits at the three-quarter mark.

What is your favourite place to write?

In or on my bed, using my laptop. Also the local library, where I write by hand.

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

No. Real life people are too limiting. I’m lucky in that my characters seem to take on a life of their own.

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

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh. Mary Balogh draws you right into the heart and thoughts and world of the heroine (in particular) and she’s not afraid to tackle difficult topics.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Marry in Scarlet. When a cold, arrogant duke meets a fiery, independent tomboy, something’s got to give. He wants her, she has no plans to marry, so he sets out to entrap her. When a quarrel gets out of hand, passion spills over—she climbs him like a tree—and scandal results. Locked together in a convenient marriage, Lady George must battle it out with His Grace of Arrogance. Who will win? Or will love conquer all?

What else will you be working on in 2020?

I’m starting a new series, but I haven’t finalised it yet, so not a lot to talk about. I also have a couple of novellas on the go—hopefully at least one Christmas novella that I will self-publish.

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



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