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Author spotlight: Bronwyn Parry

15 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 Bronwyn Parry. She will be attending ARR2020 in Sydney.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

About 8, I think. All my stories had romance in them. (We won’t mention the Lost in Space fan fiction … oops.) I didn’t actually get serious about writing until I was perilously close to 40. That was when I stopped day-dreaming and scribbling scenes and decided to write a whole novel, beginning to end.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Elsie Jeanette Oxenham. Not really a romance author, but I loved the Abbey Girls books that had romances in them. By the time I was a teenager, I was reading everything I could get my hands on. Mostly Mum’s Mills &Boons: Essie Summers, Mary Burchell, Lucilla Andrews and Betty Neels.

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

I have ideas for a fantasy or two, an historical, and a speculative fiction story—but they’re not top of the (long) list of books to write.

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

I usually pick Dark Country, but I do think my Regency romance, The Clothier’s Daughter, would make a good mini-series. But I don’t watch TV often or see many movies, so I’ll have to let readers suggest who to cast!

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

The middle. Keeping the pacing going, weaving the threads so that everything can be pulled together in the final chapters.

What is your favourite place to write?

At the dining table, in the still of the night. It’s right next to the kitchen, which is handy for cups of tea and chocolate. (I may get a study of my own sometime soon … but we have a small house and it won’t be much further from the kitchen!)

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

A few aspects of some minor characters are inspired by people I’ve met in passing, but I’ve never based a character on someone I know.

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

The Postmistress by Alison Stuart. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and story.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

The Clothier’s Daughter. In Yorkshire in 1816, Emma Braithwaite is struggling to keep her family’s wool textile company afloat after her father’s death. When her warehouse catches fire, it brings her only a step away from debtor’s prison. After eight years of war, Major Adam Caldwell is returning home for the first time when he stops to assist at a warehouse fire … and comes face-to-face with the woman he once loved and lost. But as the threats against Emma escalate, they discover someone wants control of Emma’s family company and is prepared to murder anyone in the way of getting it—including Emma.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

The next book in my Regency series, The Hartdale Brides. It doesn’t have a title yet, but is set in part in Australia, in 1817, so it needs a great deal of research!

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


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