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Author spotlight: Tee Smith

10 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 Tee Smith. She will be attending ARR2020 in Perth.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I started writing romance after I turned 40.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

I couldn’t even say. I started reading my nanna’s Mills and Boons when I was a young teenager.

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

Some of my books border more on women’s lit or even thrillers with a romantic element.

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

Elegant Retribution, and I picture a young Lucy Lui in the lead role of Lilijana.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

For me the hardest part of creating a story is finding names. Sometimes they just come to me, but often my characters won’t have a name until part way through the book. I guess once I get to know them better.

What is your favourite place to write?

In my comfy chair in my lounge room. I switch on my Spotify and switch off the world.

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

I draw on life experiences and personalities to bring the characters in my book to life, without making them a carbon copy of any one person or incident.

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

Never Judge a Book by Stacey Broadbent. I loved it because it was funny, touching and different to many other romance novels.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

My latest release is Where the Sad Roses Grow. It follows the life of Lilac, a young woman who has grown up in a cult and is forced into marriage with a man much older than herself. One of four wives, she is expected to produce children, work, do as she is told and not ask questions. Her life is a tumultuous one, fraught with grief and anguish, as she searches for the answers to what life is all about.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

I have plans for two novellas to be released in anthologies during 2020. As well as at least two full-length novels and an addition to my Blue Belles Investigations series.

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


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