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Author spotlight: Bree Verity

6 February 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 Bree Verity. She will be attending ARR2020 in Brisbane.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I would have been maybe sixteen, and deep in the throes of a love affair with The Scarlet Pimpernel, Regency romance and everything that a teenager’s heart desires—kisses, boyfriends and true love.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Georgette Heyer. My friends, sisters and I searched out and read every single one that had been published. From there we all migrated on to Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy and Barbara Cartland.

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

I have a time-travel series waiting in the wings, as well as a fantasy series based the Greek muses. Stay tuned!

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

It would be my book The Misguided Mademoiselle—it has already been suggested that it be turned into a Hallmark movie!! The leading man is Jean de Lacey—a bit older, a bit jaded … played by Jude Law. The leading lady is Eugenie Ponnette—tiny and blonde but feisty. I see a young Reese Witherspoon in the role.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Staying with it when I get to the ‘I hate this story, it’s boring and nobody will ever want to read it’ time—apparently, it’s a common thing for writers to go through—it hits me round about 20,000 words into the story. I have to battle other stories wanting to be written, my own doubts and just the slog through the words until I get to the other side—which is like when the sun rises again, and you’ve been through a dark dawn, and you finally think to yourself, ‘Actually, this story isn’t quite so bad.’

What is your favourite place to write?

In a good, quiet cafe that looks out over greenery—those places are a bit hard to find sometimes, so most of the time I end up at my desk or at the end of the dining room table—but at least the caffeine is good.

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

I have one or two minor historical figures in my books to add a bit of authenticity, but I’ve never based a main character on someone else. They all contain a little bit of me though.

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

It was the Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang—I loved that she put a protagonist who is squarely on the spectrum in the role of the leading lady—those kind of love stories just add a new and interesting element to love stories, and this one, where the leading lady doesn’t think she can be in love because of her condition then discovers that she can, after all, was just awesome.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Lady Diana’s Disguise is the third book in the Seven Wishes series. Lady Diana knows that in her position she needs to marry, and is forced to choose between two suitors at a house party. Her fairy godmother, Fenella, disguises her as a housemaid to help her see the gentlemen’s true qualities. But when Fenella doesn’t return to change her back, Diana wonders if she is destined to remain a housemaid forever.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

My time-travel series, tentatively titled Time Wranglers is taking first place this year—I’m hoping to get three novels and a prequel written during the year. Wish me luck!

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


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