Under the Swallow’s Fall party bunting today is author Juliet Madison!
Juliet embraces life, love and new beginnings – pretty much everything that happens in the Swallow’s Fall series … and in her own fabulous books.
Today we’re looking at The January Wish which is one of the books up for grabs in the Burra Burra Lane Birthday Blitz Giveaway (you can enter below). Juliet writes fast - so we better get on with the interview and let her get back to her next story so we can all enjoy it when it reaches us!
Let's go, with six snappy questions.
Who are the main characters in this story?
Dr Sylvia Greene - an organised conservative woman with a secret in her past, Mark Bastian - a charming and caring man trying to start a new life, and Grace Forrester - an eighteen-year-old free spirit searching for her roots.
What is The January Wish about?
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it's the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia's small coastal town with secrets that can't be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia's well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.
They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.
I'd love to see a paragraph or two from The January Wish.
It was her.
The woman from the airport with the russet-coloured curls…just like hers.
Their green eyes locked, and a faint smile touched the woman’s face, just before her skin paled and she collapsed onto the grass next to the footpath.
Sylvia rushed to her side and patted her cheeks. ‘Can you hear me, are you okay?’
‘What happened?’ the woman asked as her eyes opened.
‘It’s okay, I think you’ve just fainted. Here, have a sip of this.’ Sylvia threaded her arm under the woman’s shoulder and around her back, helping her sit up as she pulled a water bottle from her bag with the other hand and held it to the woman’s mouth. ‘How about I take you inside and check you out? I’m a doctor.’
‘Oh, no, it’s okay, I’m okay…really.’ Shakily, the woman stood, holding onto Sylvia’s arm for support. ‘I’ll be fine.’
‘You sure? Maybe you need something to eat. Hang on, I think I’ve got something in my bag.’ Sylvia rummaged through it.
‘Seriously, I’ll be fine. I was just a bit…overwhelmed, that’s all.’
Sylvia looked up from her bag and into the young woman’s eyes and knew she’d seen them before. Not just at the airport, but long ago.
The woman straightened and drew a deep breath, holding her own hands together as if for support. ‘My name is Grace. I’m your daughter.
What prompted you to write this story?
I had an image in my mind of someone about to board a plane, when they see someone from their past. Would they risk missing their flight to follow the person or would they get on the plane? This made me wonder who this person was and who she had seen, and the story grew from there.
Juliet, what do you most like about the writer’s life?
Making stuff up. It’s fun! ;) But also interacting with fellow writers and readers and sharing a love of stories.
What are you like in ‘real’ life? (Be honest, we’re all friends here!)
I’m a busy, ambitious night owl who loves to daydream and is never without a story going round in her mind. I’m a single mother to a teenage son who I did distance education high school with for the last four years, leaving behind my past career as a naturopath and business owner to have a seachange and start fresh. I used to dance and make art, though most of my creative energy is put into writing these days, but I love indulging all things arty through procrastinating on Pinterest and browsing beautiful local shops. I’m also a movie addict and have a large DVD collection, which helps to balance out my book collection! At home you will usually find me in my pyjamas or trackies tapping away at the keyboard among household mess like all other glamourous writers!
Thanks for coming to my party, Juliet! (Juliet and I have known and followed each other since we were both finalists in the Choc Lit Publishing Search for an Australian Star competition - and subsequently, we were both published with Harlequin Australia's digital-first imprint, Escape Publishing. We're old friends!)
Experience the magic of life and love with Juliet Madison!
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