Welcome to The Petting Zoo. As you know, I’m a fan of all things pet and animal related, so I’ll be asking you about the pets in your life as well as some fictional animals that have captured a special place in your heart. And of course, we've also got a giveaway of your book at the end! But first, I’d love to hear more about what you’re up to with your writing and life in general.
Absolutely! BREAKING THE BRO CODE is a companion novel to ONLY THE BRAVE TRY BALLET and it follows Elise Johnson, who we meet in the first book. Elise owns the E.J. Ballet School and unfortunately her studio has fallen on hard times financially.
The opportunity to save her studio comes in the form of her childhood crush and one-time lover, Col Hillam. Col has been away from Australia for the last five years and has only returned because of his father’s passing. Neither Col or Elise had expected to see one another again but when Col needs Elise’s help all their old feelings and attraction come to the surface.
You can find it now on Amazon US | UK | CND | Aus
Yes, I have been a busy writer these past few months. I have another book coming out in early 2015 with Harlequin Mills and Boon featuring another dancer heroine. This story is part of a continuity set in Sydney, Australia and my book will be available alongside three other stories by some of my favourite authors.
I am also working on a novella with Entangled publishing, and have a few more projects in the works which will hopefully come out in 2015.
It’s great – some things are very similar and other things are totally different. I really enjoying finding out all the differences in word usage and pronunciation (because I’m a nerd like that). People are very friendly here and always happy to chat about the language and which words they do and don’t use (i.e. washroom instead of bathroom, flip flops instead of thong…which means something else entirely here).
We’ve also done a little travel so far (which was one of our main goals as part of the move) and I’m looking forward to seeing as much of Canada and the US while we’re here.
Romance Llama! Yes, my writing mascot is a very cuddly, stuffed llama who sits at my desk and sometimes accompanies me on my travels. My husband bought him for me to celebrate the sale of my first book because llamas are my favourite animal (and I LOVE The Emperor’s New Groove).
I also now sprinkle llama references in my books as a fun thing for my friends and family to ‘find’ when they read. Kind of like a ‘Where’s Wally’ with words.
If it wasn’t obvious from the above, llamas are my favourite animals. I’m not sure why, to be honest. There was a farm near my house growing up that had llamas and every time we drove past I would be glued to the car window. They fascinated me because they were kind of like a whole bunch of other animals mushed together.
Other animals I love in very close proximity are penguins and daschunds.
Do you have any furry friends or cuddly critters in your life at the moment, or if not are there any special pets in your past?
Sort of. My mum and sister rescued an adorable little dog a few months back and I lived with them for a little while before the big move. Needless to say I became quite attached.
Cici (pronounced chi-chi) is a half terrier half Chihuahua with an overbite and a hyperactive disposition. She’s a bit of a devil, but she’s so affectionate and loving. She wasn’t treated very well before she was surrendered, so my mum and sister have given her a loving home and brought her back to good health.
Is there any kind of trait or habit that your pet has that is so cute it turns you to mush, or so odd it makes you chuckle?
Cici has a lot of funny habits. One of them is ‘securing the perimeter’ whenever she’s out in the back yard. She trots around the retaining wall that runs the length of the yard and goes back and forth until she’s sure that there are no cats or other intruders lurking.
She also has a nesting ritual at night where she kicks up and paws at her bedding until it’s as fluffy as possible and then she walks in a circle until she’s found the exact spot where she wants to sleep.
Any kinds of bug, spider, moth, wasp… yuk! I know they’re not likely to hurt me but I freak out pretty easily when it comes to insects. I hate the idea of something crawling on me without my knowledge. I guess I’m destined to be a city girl after all!
Can you think of any memorable books or movies where an animal has stolen the limelight and your heart?
It seems an odd choice but I loved the dog in I Am Legend…probably not a great choice for animal lovers though.
If you could be any animal, what would it be, and why?
I think I would be a giraffe. I’m quite short so it would be great to be able to see all the amazing views of the wild and just to be able to roam around and eat leaves all day.
To be in with a chance, simply leave a comment and answer the following question: 'If you could be any animal, what would it be, and why?'.
The winner will be announced on the next Petting Zoo blog on Sunday 16th November.