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Author spotlight: Louise Forster

7 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 Louise Forster. She will be attending ARR2020 in Brisbane and Melbourne.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I was around 45. Our girls were off doing their thing, and an editor friend suggested my writing voice was ideal for romance.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Ones who really caught my interest were Jennifer Crusie and then Kristen Ashley.

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

I’ve written four children’s books and last year I wrote a science fantasy. A book I’m looking forward to finishing.

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

I’d love to see Home Truths in Tumble Creek on a big screen. Chris Hemsworth, because he can easily pull off climbing a 20’ ladder wearing a tool belt and carrying a drill. Melissa George because she’s a former roller skating champion. Put her in as knife-throwing chef Jennifer Dove, perfect.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Plotting. I can’t seem to plot until I get going. The story grows, the characters come to life and come up with surprising stuff. It’s hard work pulling it all together, but at the same time, the right phrasing, getting words to convey the emotion I’m looking for in a scene also make it exciting.

What is your favourite place to write?

DH gave up half his workshop and created a lovely office space for me.

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

Certainly, but not all-inclusive, mostly a mix of several people from all over.

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

Wrong Number Right Guy by Elle Casey. A fun read, with great characters. Very enjoyable.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Hoping to release this March: Tumble With Me. Ex-pole dancer, Ava Bennett, is ready to make a tree change, even though moving to Lawson’s home town freaks her out. Aside from dancing, Ava is a skilled cabinet maker and intends to build her own home. But the biggest obstacle Ava needs to overcome is to open up about her private fear. One she’s reluctant to admit to herself, let alone share. Lawson, an ex-soldier, who carries a few idiosyncrasies himself, is a gentle, kind-hearted guy who’s always ready to listen; helping people and animals is in his blood; nevertheless, his type of work can be hazardous. When he first met Ava, instinct told him she was hiding something, but his efforts to help her come clean are in vain­ until there’s no escaping it.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

Aside from the science fantasy, I’ve put aside several for a while, they need another look at, one titled The Portrait, and a short story titled The Ferris Wheel.

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


One Comment
  1. 7 February 2020 7:39 pm

    Thanks Debbie!

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