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Spotlight-Lilian Darcy with Marry Me, Cowboy?

We invited Australian author Lilian Darcy to drop in and share with us about her latest release Marry Me, Cowboy.


Lilian Darcy was born on Valentine’s Day. This auspicious date, as well as a love of reading, set her destiny as a writer of romance and women’s fiction from an early age. She has also written extensively for Australian theatre and television, under another name. Her plays have been professionally performed by some of Australia’s most prestigious theatre companies, and have received two award nominations for Best Play from the Australian Writers Guild, while in 1990 she was the co-recipient of an Australian Film Institute award for best TV mini-series. She has now written over eighty romances for Harlequin, as well as several mainstream novels, including Cafe du Jour, originally published by Mira Books Australia.

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Over to Lilian now...

What do you love most about writing ?
 
Escaping from the real world where I have no control, into a fictional world where I rule everything.
 
What do you think makes a good story?
 
Something that makes the reader ask questions and keeps them turning the pages. I like the emotional suspense in romance just as much as the more plot-based suspense in, say, crime fiction or fantasy.
 
And, of course, great characters. If the characters aren’t relatable or three dimensional then how can you care what happens to them, or what they feel?
 
 
You write about exotic places  – what is your ideal holiday destination?
 
If I’m feeling tired and stressed, somewhere luxurious where I can just lie back and do nothing – a tropical beach, a five-star cruise, an amazing heritage hotel. This kind of holiday destination only ever features in my imagination, not in reality. When it comes to planning real holidays, my husband and I always choose somewhere that involves a lot of very energetic hiking and sight-seeing, and I return home more exhausted than when I left.
 
 
Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go?
 
Right now we have two holidays planned, one to South Australia in November, and then a huge cycling trip from Copenhagen to Paris in July 2015, in support of The Kids’ Cancer Project. There are other places I’d love to go, but for the moment I’m focusing on dreaming of things that are actually going to happen, because I’m really excited about both these trips.
 
 
What one item do you always pack when you travel?
 
A writing notebook!
 
Tell us a little about your current release …..

 
“Marry Me, Cowboy” was a hugely fun book to write, because the chemistry between Jamie and Tegan was so contradictory and evolved very rapidly from one thing to something else. I loved using the rodeo background, and worked hard to make sure the detail was authentic and exciting. There are also a few characters in there that I’m returning to in future stories, such as my next novella “Late Last Night” which will be out in February next year.
 
Right now, “Marry Me, Cowboy” is available in ebook, with easy buy links at www.montanabornbooks.com There, you’ll find out about other stories by authors such as Megan Crane, C J Carmichael and Jane Porter, as well as fellow Australians Trish Morey, Kelly Hunter and Sarah Mayberry, and lots more.
 
 
 
Buy Links:
 
 
 
B&N
 
 

34 comments:

  1. I could go for a 5-star hotel at a luxury hotel right about now. ;)

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    1. Kelly, I just like to look at their photo tours on the internet and dream...

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  2. Best of luck to Lilian on her new release.

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  3. Love the cover- the model is so pretty! Also liked what Lilian likes about writing the most- ruling the world!!! Er...ya know, the world she creates anyway. ;)

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    1. Yes, I think ruling the real world would be way less fun.

      And yes again, isn't that model gorgeous? Love her! Wish I knew who she was!

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  4. Congrats on your book--sounds like lots of fun. And it sounds like you need a 5-star resort :)

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    1. Meradeth, for our 25th wedding anniversary in Nov, my husband and I have two nights booked at a luxury eco villa that includes a glass roof over the bed so we can look up at the stars.

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  5. Nice to meet you, Lilian! And yes, it's fun to be able to control an entire world through writing!

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  6. Marry Me, Cowboy has a great cover! It was fun to learn more about the author. Her upcoming trips sound like they will be great! Wishing Lillian the best of luck. How cool that she was born on Valentine's Day! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. My mother-in-law always somehow manages to find me a combined Valentine + Birthday card, so there must be a few of us - enough for Hallmark to give us our own category!

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  7. Hi Lilian. I love the sound/look of this book. I love the interview too. 'Escaping from the real world where I have no control, into a fictional world where I rule everything.' LOL. That's me, all right!

    Hiya Nas.

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    1. Hey, maybe our worlds will collide and we will meet in a bizarre amalgam of both of them...

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  8. 'Escaping from the real world where I have no control, into a fictional world where I rule everything.'

    :) :)

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  9. Re the notebook - writers never really go on holiday :)

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  10. Paris and Australia? Whew! Paint me jealous.

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    1. Yeah, but Crystal, to get to Paris I have to cycle 1200 k (750 miles) in a week. Which means a heck of a lot more cycling between now and then to get fit enough.

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  11. Like several others, I love the line about escaping from the real world and ruling the fictional one. I have a feeling most writers feel the same way, but Lilian expressed it really well.

    I hope she and her hubby can squeeze in one or two night at a five-star resort during their upcoming trips.

    (Love your new photo, Nas.)

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  12. Congratulations Lilian! I love the Montana Born series.

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    1. Kelly, may I just say that you have excellent taste.

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  13. It's so true how real life holidays can wipe you out! Sometimes going back to work is the recovery period! :)

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    1. My cousin is staying with us on a holiday at the moment, and I think after the tour I took her on today, she would agree with you.

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  14. Lilian, my husband and I take hiking/sight-seeing vacations, too, and I agree with you. Sometimes I come home more exhausted than when I started. I also bring a writer's notebook with me whenever I travel. Congratulations on your new romance novel. The cover is beautiful.

    Thanks to Nas for sharing this wonderful book debut with her readers.

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    1. Thanks, Victoria. Hope you'll look out for other books from Montana Born, too, because there are some great authors in the pipeline.

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  15. I agree about what makes a good story. And I carry a writing notebook, too.

    Hi, Nas!

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    1. Sounds like we have a similar outlook, Carol.

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  16. I agree with her points about writing. It's great to see Lilian here. Such a romantic cover.

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