Today I’m having French Earl Grey tea and a rich Shiraz with the gorgeous Eva Scott and we’re talking about her new Rural Romance, Red Dust Dreaming (Escape Publishers). And I’m thrilled to be able to tell you that Red Dust Dreaming is topping the Western romance charts!
But first, let’s get to know Eva by looking at her answers to my questions!
- Tea or wine?
Both! French Earl Grey for my tea and a nice rich Shiraz for my wine.
- Read or jog?
Most definitely read. Jogging will kill you
- Cats or dogs?
I adore both but at a push I’d have to vote for the humble and loyal dog.
- Heels or flats?
I have a wardrobe full of towering heels I’m slowly coming to realise I will never wear again. I get about almost exclusively in Birkenstocks. When did I become that person?????
- Boxers or briefs?
- Milk, dark or white chocolate
Forget all your posh choccies, give me good old fashioned Aldi milk chocolate any day of the week. Delish.
- Sweet or savoury
Savoury – preferably a little spicy.
- Sea or mountains
Sea. We thought about moving inland to the hills but I go into withdrawal if I can’t wander down and visit the sea daily. It’s my therapy.
B. Five likes and five dislikes
- The way the fruit bats eat all my mangoes from my backyard then drop the debris in the front yard by way of insult
- People’s undies hanging out in public
- The way my fingernails will not grow no matter what I do
- Unkind gossip
- Mowing the lawn
- The way my boys go out to get me coffee on a Sunday morning leaving me with half an hour home alone to read
- Paddle boarding on a calm sea
- Yoga class
- A good dinner party
C. Three things on your bucket list
- See the Aurora Borealis
- Get married (been engaged for years)
- Have a book made into a movie
D. What triggered this specific story?
My mother has a friend who is a professor of art history at a local university. Dr Sally very kindly took my mother around an aboriginal art exhibition at the state art gallery, and then my mum took me! I was enthralled by the art, so vibrant and colourful. I was also intrigued by Dr Sally and her visits to the aboriginal art community located in the centre of Australia. Coupled with an old Sophia Loren movie about a girl who fights to keep her sister’s son…well, the alchemy fizzed away inside my brain and came up with a story about a girl who goes to get her sister’s son and along the way rediscovers herself through her art.
In the battle of duty versus desire, only one can survive the hot Australian sunshine.
Elizabeth Langtree’s has her life in order – safe, organised, planned. Sure, she has her troubles, but they are nothing she can’t handle. Then everything is turned upside down when her family send her to Australia to collect her orphaned nephew.
It all seemed so simple in New York, but Australia is nothing like she expected, and she soon falls under the spell of the Outback – the station, the lifestyle, and the seriously sexy owner who has been caring for Luke since the death of his mother.
Elizabeth soon discovers that what seemed simple a world away is anything but, and her duty is at odds with the dictates of her heart. She must choose, knowing that a mistake will not only cost her everything, but destroy the future of a devastated little boy.
Escape Publishing: http://bit.ly/escapepublishing
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1AsLmBd
Amazon Aus: http://bit.ly/1BIa3wj
Short bio –
Eva Scott writes contemporary romance set in her homeland of Australia and historical fiction set in the Ancient World. Her books offer passion and adventure in some of the most beautiful and intriguing places in the world. Her heroes and heroines are strong, sassy and ready to rise to their challenges, and learn a little bit about themselves along the way.
Having lived overseas for several years, Eva returned to study Anthropology before heading off to live in Papua New Guinea for a year. There she met the love of her life, author G.W. Gibson, who was stationed there with the Australian Defence Force. The rest is history, romantic history.
She now lives on the Redcliffe peninsula with her husband, small son and an assortment of animals. When Eva is not writing she enjoys mentoring first-time authors, cooking up a story, practising yoga and getting out on the bay on her stand-up paddle board.
Thanks for chatting to us, Eva, so lovely to know more about you. And let me know when you’re going to see the Northern lighs – I’d love to join you!