Hi Iris. Welcome to Café Cala. Since you’ve spent time in my native Scotland I‘ve made some of my Grandmother’s shortbread recipe this morning. Would you like tea or coffee with that?
Aww … a cup of Earl Grey would be lovely!
1 Where did you get the idea for New Beginnings?
I took some “family-time-out” last year and went to Hobart for the weekend. Wandering through the streets of Hobart, I tried to imagine how it would be to live in this city, how to adapt as a “non-local” and bit by bit I had the story of two sisters moving there from Sydney. Obviously I had to add a little romance into the story as well – so I added Mark and Zach.
2 What have you found most rewarding about your writing?
Worth more than anything else is when people, friends, neighbours come and tell me how much they love my books. One of local school-mum said once: “This was the first book I’ve read in years and years, and I couldn’t put it down.” I nearly cried.
3 How did you start writing?
Coincidence basically – I was bored, nothing on telly, kids in bed … I put a few words together. A friend had a read through it and gave me some hints. This is how “Sweet Dreams, Miss England” was born. Initially only for family and friends, it took off … now I’m really happy to have found my creative outlet.
4 What would you say has helped you most?
I’d definitely say my family’s support. The encouragement to keep going when I received bad reviews or negative feedback. The time to let me sit in my corner with my laptop and let my words carry me away into a different “world”.
I’ve published three of my books with Astraea Press and have found not only the AP team, but also the fellow authors to be supportive in every aspect.
And then in May, I joined the RWAus … and couldn’t be happier with the help, support, but most of all, the friendship.
5 What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just contracted the sequel for New Beginnings “More Beginnings” and have started the 3rd book in this trilogy, “Fresh Beginnings” which tells the story of Mark’s friend Jared.
I have also started another trilogy including Melbourne sports stars – a football player, baseball and soccer player. I love writing these stories …. the bad boys, naughty language and arrogant attitudes.
6 What advice would you offer aspiring writers?
NEVER EVER GIVE UP!
7 Which authors do you enjoy reading?
I’m a romance junkie, so books by Jill Shalvis and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are a must. But I also enjoy books by Cecelia Ahern, Janet Evanovich and my best friend Diane Krueger. Currently, though, I’m hooked on the Reacher series by Lee Child.
To believe in new beginnings is to trust in tomorrow
You can buy New Beginnings at
Astraea Press: http://astraeapress.com/#!/~/product/category=662245&id=27261175
Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her two dogs. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.
Sophie stared at the house. With tears stinging behind her
eyelids, she slowly turned around and helped Mia out of the car.
The little girl looked fragile in the unfamiliar environment, even
though she wasn’t anywhere near fragile. Very clever for her age,
Mia had seen and gone through a lot, but handled most situations
with trust and belief. Sophie wasn’t sure whether that was a good
thing or not. Her younger sister undoubtedly had her mother’s
looks, with the long, straight blond hair, her bright grey-green eyes,
and pale skin. But deep down inside, there was a survivor instinct
as well. Something, she wondered, her mother might have lacked.
“Is this our new home, Sophie?” her sister asked quietly.
Hesitantly she nodded. “Yes, sweetie, I hope so.”
Mark took the suitcase from the boot of his car and walked
towards the house, opened the gate, and placed the girls’
belongings next to the fence. He turned, and Sophie made no effort
in hiding the struggle with emotions.
“That’s it. This is Forty-Six Chestnut Avenue,” he told them.
It was all too much for her, and she sat down onto her
suitcase and took everything in. She stared at the old brick-built
English cottage house. A small path ahead of her led to two worn
out steps and up to the arched entrance. Tucking a strand of hair
behind her ear, her gaze moved over to the windows. Multi-pane
windows with shutters and flower boxes in front. Beautiful.
Though the flowers seemed long dead. The garden was true to the
cottage style, but looked wild and unattended. It was in need of a
lot of work. She looked up and saw a chimney and instantly
thought about cold winter evenings in front of the open fire. She’d
heard that Hobart was very cold during winter.
And then she just cried. Emotions that had bottled up over
the years surfaced, and she wasn’t able to hold back any longer.
The cautious thought that life could improve from now on was too
overwhelming. Tears fell down her cheeks, but she wasn’t
“Don’t cry, Sophie,” Mia said tenderly to her. “It’ll be all
Mark came closer and kneeled in front of her. Carefully he
wiped away a tear from her cheek. “How about we go inside?” he
asked quietly with a gentle smile that made her yearn for a man’s
touch, missing from her life for so long. She gazed at him and
wondered how it would be to have someone else in her life. A man,
who shared a gentle touch or kiss, a kind word, or a well needed
hug. Sophie had had less than a handful of young men dating her,
because looking after her little eight-year-old sister, Mia, on her
own made it difficult to have a social life. But no way would she
complain. She and Mia loved each other as much as they needed
each other. Even more so since their mother had passed away. And
Thank you, Maggie, for having me on your blog today. I enjoyed coming to Café Cala 🙂