Hi Annie, Welcome to Café Cala.
It’s great to have you visit Café Cala. I really enjoyed reading Kakadu Sunset. I’ve been making shortbread from my grandmother’s recipe this morning. Would you like tea or coffee with yours?
Hi Maggie…lovely to be here with you. I would love a cup of Earl Grey in a fine china cup please.
1 Where did you get the idea for Kakadu Sunset?
Two years ago on the way to the Northern Territory, we crossed the vast outback through three states, travelling through ancient landscapes. Many of these landscapes have been scarred by various types of mining.
Visiting Kakadu and experiencing the spirituality of the land made me wonder what would happen if mining occurred in that pristine environment. The idea for Kakadu Sunset was born. I guess you could call it Crocodile Dundee meets Erin Brockovich! I love including places that I have travelled to in my writing to share the experiences, and the beautiful landscapes, with readers who cannot travel to them.
So what is Kakadu Sunset about?
Helicopter pilot Ellie Porter loves her job. Soaring above the glorious Kakadu National Park, she feels freed from the heavy losses of her beloved family farm and the questions around her father’s suicide. But when a search-and-rescue mission on the boundary of the older property reveals unusual excavation works, Ellie vows to investigate.
The last thing she needs is her bad-tempered co-pilot, Kane McLaren, interfering. The son of the current owners of the farm, her attraction to him is a distraction she can’t afford, especially when someone threatens to put a stop to her inquiries – by any means necessary.
Ellie will have to trust Kane if she is to have any hope of uncovering the truth of what is really going on. Between Ellie’s damage and Kane’s secrets, can they find a way to open up to each other before the shadowy forces shut her up… for good?
2 What have you found most rewarding about your writing?
After a career in education, and being at the beck and call of children, parents, staff and administrators, it is very satisfying to sit at my desk and work to my own deadlines…in absolute silence all day long. The most rewarding part is being able to tell the stories that are in my head and know that readers enjoy them and look forward to the next one.
3 How did you start writing?
I’ve always wanted to write…from a very young age. I loved composition in primary school, many years ago. I wrote a little book when I was eleven and then after university, career, marriage and family filled my life. I retired (young) from a career in education and decided to try my hand at writing. It was now or never! I wrote my first novella, and had it accepted by a publisher a month later. I was fortunate to be picked up by a large US digital publisher with my second book (Holiday Affair) And it went on to become a best seller in the US and the UK. Since then I have written 22 books in four years. It’s that quiet and peaceful office that helps my productivity!
4 What would you say has helped you most?
The solidarity of the community of romance writers in Australia. The friendships I have made, talking about and honing my craft with likeminded people, the annual conference and just being a part of that writing community has been wonderful.
5 What are you working on at the moment?
I am immersed in the research and the early chapters of Book 3 on the Porter Sisters series: Kimberley Moonlight.
6 What advice would you offer aspiring writers?
Follow your dream. Persevere, be determined and if you can, devote structured time to your writing. Don’t talk about writing, do it and write!
7 Which authors do you enjoy reading?
I have very wide reading tastes. At the moment, I am enjoying Kristan Higgins’ books. I love reading Australian authors: there are many I read but some of my favourites are Fiona McArthur, Helene Young, Bronwyn Parry, Susanne Bellamy and Trish Morey.
Kakadu Sunset is now available from the following e-tailers and from all good Australian and New Zealand Book stores, and Big W and Target.
The ebook links are below
Annie’s website : http://www.annieseatonromance.com/