Jen: Today we welcome Eva Scott to Romancing the Book. Eva, will you share a short bio with us?
Eva: I live on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia with my fabulous husband and gorgeous little boy. When I’m not writing romance you can find me out on the water kayaking, fishing or swimming. When on dry land it’s all about the shoes and the coffee.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Eva: I have no idea where the story line for The Marriage Makeover came from. It turned up one day demanding to be written. The story was incredibly hard to write but its not all dark drama – there’s a cheeky dog named Ernest and a fabulous best friend, Davan. They both provide moments of levity.
Here’s a short excerpt:
Nick could think of no better way to end the week than sharing a drink or two with good mates. The atmosphere at home between him and Tally had become so weird and tense lately you could almost cut it with a knife. Everything he said seemed to cause a fight. Here with his friends, he didn’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing.
Laughing at a joke someone told, he took a drink of his beer. He had no intention of getting drunk tonight. The rain started before he left home and he’d decided to take the car. Normally he would walk the mile to and from the pub. The beer began to take effect, his muscles relaxed and his guard came down. He exhaled and settled in to enjoy the night.
Female laughter rang out across the club. The girls had arrived resembling a flock of colorful birds in all their finery. Screeching like cockatoos. Nick winced at a particularly raucous laugh. Later they would gravitate over to the boys and they’d all have dinner together in the club restaurant. The gang had been doing the same thing for a decade and tonight the familiarity of routine soothed him.
He turned back to the boys who were hotly arguing the capabilities of the players in tomorrow’s football match. The sudden increase in noise coming from the girls’ table got his attention. The girls were up on their feet, laughing and talking, hugging someone. Their super-hyped animation got him curious as to who had them so excited. Then he saw her, Tally, and his heart stopped in his chest.
Talia looked beautiful, her hair tumbling around her shoulders reflecting golden light. Lately it had been scrunched up on top of her head sticking out every which way. She had makeup on too, something she never wore at home… He swallowed hard. Those jeans of hers hugged her bottom in a way which ought to be considered criminal. Charges should be laid. Her t-shirt skimmed in all the right places. He couldn’t take her eyes off her.
“Is that who I think it is?” His friend, Greg, nudged him. “Did you know Talia was in town?”
Nick nodded. “She’s staying at my place.”
“What?” Greg nearly choked on his beer. “You’re a dark horse. Kept that nicely under wraps.” He leaned back against the bar and joined Nick in contemplating Tally. “So…reconciliation on the cards?”
“What? No, nothing like that.” Nick had trouble focusing on anything other than his wife. Why did she have to be so damn hot? And why did she have to be here?
“You’re a foolish man Nick Carmichael. If I had a wife that hot I’d be hell sure of reconciling with her fine…”
“Greg! That’s my wife you’re talking about.”
Greg shrugged. “No reconciliation means no wife. How many years has it been?”
“It doesn’t matter. We are still married and Talia is still my wife” said Nick between clenched teeth.
“I’m just saying.” Greg shrugged and returned to expanding on his theory of football tactics for the coming game.
Nick’s gaze followed Tally as she got a drink from the bar and settled in with the girls. So much for a relaxing night out.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Eva: I’ve just finished Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I do like reading YA. Now I’m reading Bronwyn Parry’s Dead Heat for a change of pace. I love Australian rural romance and we have some fantastic authors. My first introduction to the genre was Barbara Hannay. I love her books!
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Eva: Every now and again a character turns up with their name already in place but mostly I struggle. I like to watch the credits of American movies and TV shows – you find the most interesting names on the list of cast and crew. It usually solves the problem.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Eva: A reader left a review for me in Italian! I was rather thrilled and popped it into Google Translator to see what they had said. It was good review and I was chuffed to think my little book was being read somewhere outside of Australia.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Eva: I have a two year old boy so free time is a rare and beautiful thing. When it does become available I like to read as much as I can. I also like to do a bit of counted cross stitch. I find it relaxing. My mind switches off the chatter which is pure bliss. I also volunteer for R.O.P.E. which is an association devoted to offering people with disabilities opportunity to develop their individual skills and abilities. We’re busy working on a big fund raiser which is loads of work but loads of fun too.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Eva: I’m half way through my second historical called The Barbarian Bride. It’s about one of the minor characters who appears in my first historical romance, The Last Gladiatrix. My editor was curious as to what happened to her so we get to find out. After that, who knows? I think I might write something more contemporary for a change of pace.
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