Interview & Contest: Fiona Lowe

Jen: Today we welcome Fiona Lowe to Romancing the Book. Fiona, will you please share a short bio with us?

Fiona: Thanks so much for having me here, Jen! Like most authors, I’m an avid reader. I remember the moment words became a story and I could read. From that moment I pretty much had my nose in a book. I love losing myself in a good story and my first teenage rebellion was refusing to go on a bush walk because I was reading Gone With The Wind.

Jen: Tell us about Boomerang Bride and where it can be purchased.

Fiona: Boomerang Bride is published by Carina Press. It’s a story of an Australian woman who in a moment of grief lets other people’s dreams influence her. Matilda Geoffrey risked it all for love. She left Australia to be with Barry—the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she’s alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren’t working out exactly as planned… It can be purchased from Carina Press, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and lots of other eBook stores.

In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda—staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake, and looking desperately in need of a groom. He may not have any warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she’s been scammed by her online “fiancé” stirs something in him.

Both Marc and Matilda are trapped in Hobin. Can he use this crazy boomerang bride to be the carer his family needs and keep them at arm’s length, and can she use him to survive in a country without leaf tea and where no one understands a word she says? But most challenging of all, can they both keep their hands off each other, their hearts intact and both remain dependent-free?

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Fiona: I read romance in the summer vacations and after I had sighed happily at the end of the book I always thought, ‘I might write a book.’ I got busy with a nursing career instead, but seventeen years ago when I was at home with a baby I thought, ‘why not write a book?’ So I did. It took me four full manuscripts and ten years before I sold my first category romance to Harlequin in 2005 and it was harder than all my post-graduate studies put together! Now six years on, I’m equally excited or perhaps even more excited, about my first single title contemporary romance novel.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Fiona: My grandmother, aunt, mother and sister are great diarists and letter writers, and I learned a lot of description skills from them.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Fiona: Ear plugs! I need a noiseless world to write in and I find earplugs disconnect me from real life so I can play in my imaginary world.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?

Fiona: I always have a pen and notepad in my purse, but I can be seen at traffic lights scribbling down thoughts on the back of shopping dockets.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Fiona: I think it is the fact that no matter what trials and tribulations the characters go through, I know it’s all going to work out in the end.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Fiona: I also write for the medical romance line for Harlequin and I really enjoyed writing a bigger book with Boomerang Bride. I think contemporary romance is my niche…real people you could meet on the street. Although I enjoy reading historical romance I can’t see myself writing one, and fantasy and paranormal is so not me although I really admire the authors who create such amazing ‘out-there’ worlds.

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Fiona: Oh, it’s starting to get hard! I have to absolutely LOVE the name. I have a baby name book which helps but with Boomerang Bride I chose Matilda because she’s Australian and most Americans have heard of Waltzing Matilda so it seemed a natural fit.

Jen: If Boomerang Bride was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Fiona: LOL, I have the actors on my collage. I can see Alyson Hannigan from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ playing Matilda and Ryan Reynolds for Marc.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?

Fiona: Many reviews say I write ‘emotionally-charged’ books underpinned by humor.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Fiona: I have a Harlequin Medical romance out in August too, Career Girl in the Country and a three book contract with Harlequin for Medical romance, plus another single title in the works.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Fiona: My website http://www.fionalowe.com
Facebook http://on.fb.me/kGGgYy
Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/FionaLowe
eHarlequin author page: http://bit.ly/jz7jbS
Goodreads author page: http://bit.ly/iprw7F
Amazon Central Author page http://amzn.to/qLEbwG

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Fiona: For the last five years, paranormal and historical romance have dominated and the contemporary romance has languished. Do they think there are enough single title contemporary romances being published?

Contest details:

  • The prize is a boomerang fridge magnet along with a eBook copy of Boomerang Bride and a signed postcard.
  • The contest is open to everyone.
  • To win, head over to Fiona’s website and read the story behind Boomerang Bride. Then leave a comment here about a wedding or a bride that made an impression on you.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, August 21.
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