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Author spotlight: Jane Ellyson

24 August 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have Jane Ellyson.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Judith Michaels and Danielle Steel

What do you write?

Suspense romance with a dollop of action/adventure. There are always interesting locations around the world. I’ve been writing in a series, but ensure each story has a satisfying ending.

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

That’s a hard one. I’m always on the lookout for inspiration for both characters and plot. I’ve been riding an escalator surreptitiously, taking a photo of a curious character in front of me with a bizarre tattoo on their skull. More frequently I hear about something bizarre happening to someone and I immediately write it down. The most curious things that happen in my books are based on real life.

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

Over Byron Bay. I would cast Geraldine Hakewill as Melissa Bourne and Stephen Peacocke as Andrew Wyatt. (Both stars of the TV series Wanted who weren’t given the opportunity for a HEA).

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

Nonsense in the North: sailing, smuggling, spying and avoiding sharks, snakes and spiders. A too-good-to-be-true sailing trip results in Scott’s disappearance from waters near Hamilton Island in Australia. Now considered by police to be an integral part of an international drug smuggling operation, Charlotte relies on a sympathetic police officer and an Aboriginal tracker named ‘Nonsense’ to travel deep into Cape Conway, to disrupt a drug exchange and to find her Scott, improving their chances of a happily-ever-after. All the while helping plan her best friend’s wedding.

What else are you working on in 2021?

I’m planning another adventure romance that starts during the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and finishes with a chase near Cradle Mountain. My characters typically travel, so working out how to build in two weeks in hotel quarantine is providing a few challenges (and opportunities)!

Jane’s latest releases:

You can find more information on Jane on her website.

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