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Author spotlight: Wanika Fazekas

25 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 Wanika Fazekas. She will be attending ARR2020 in Perth.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

Um, I know I was in my thirties when I started writing, but have been reading since I was 10. The first book I read was about a kid with freckles. Can’t remember who the author was, but I’m thinking it was Paul Jennings or someone like that.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Claudia Gray and Becca Fitzgerald. I love both of these authors and will reread their books all the time.

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

No, I haven’t yet, but may do down the track. I have a fantasy series hidden in the drawer, I just haven’t been able to get back into the genre.

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

I would have to say Abandon, book 1 in the Avalon series. With the amount of vampire shows out there I think we need a werewolf/shifter show. You know I have never really thought of lead roles for the characters. There’s so many actors out there. I think finding someone who best fits the role would be fun. Making the character come alive.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Plotting. I have never been one to plot, because characters never stick to the plan. So, while I do write out major plots for the story I sort of just write and see what happens.

What is your favourite place to write?

In my bedroom. There’s something peaceful about writing in there. Or maybe because it’s kind of dark …

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

Maybe some of the attributes, that’s about it.

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

Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry. (Jodi actually signed this for me at an author event in Brisbane a couple of years ago.) It’s a beautiful story about love conquering a memory loss. So much fun going down memory lane with the characters. This book also gave me a book hangover …

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Surrender, book 2 in the Avalon series; it is a paranormal romance based on werewolf (shifters) and the person they make some sort of wolfy bond/claim with. The main characters are Parker Doyle and Dean Saunders. Dean is a newly made werewolf and also a member of the Draëgmir pack, who are first seen in the first book in the series Abandon.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

I’m currently working on Relinquish, which is the third book in the Avalon series, I’m hoping to release this sometime in the new year. I’m also working on a novella about one of the smaller characters from the series. (Not sure when this will be released.) After this, I’m not really sure.

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



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