At Home With RITA Award Winning Author Fiona Lowe (& Giveaway!)
Posted by Juliet Madison
To celebrate my new release, THE JANUARY WISH, the first book in my small coastal town series set in Tarrin’s Bay; The Town of New Beginnings, I’m running a new interview segment called ‘At Home With…’
Today, I’m excited to be paying a visit to award-winning author, Fiona Lowe! Read on to see how you could win a copy of Runaway groom.
1. Hi Fiona, where are you from and how long have you lived there?
I’m from all over the place. I was born in country NSW, raised for a bit in Papua New Guinea, lived my twenties in Melbourne, my thirties in the USA and now I’m in coastal Victoria.
2. What do you love about the place you call home?
The sea, the size of the town and the fact if I have to drive more than 15 minutes to get anywhere, it’s a long way out of town.
3. Do you have a favourite local cafe, restaurant, bar, club, business, or store? Give them a plug here!
I am the world’s worst shopper. Seriously, I would do anything to avoid going shopping so I’m not great at helping the retail economy at all.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names? (Feel free to share a photo)
I have Pekoe, the feisty cat. She plays soccer with all balls and she is an excellent goalie. NOTHING gets past her.
5. What is your favourite room in the house and why?
I have two fave rooms. My office because it has a view of the sea and my living room because it is the only place I ever sit down!
[Juliet ~ An office with a sea view – lovely!)
6. If you had to evacuate your house, what three items (apart from people and pets!) would you take?
My external hard-drive because it has all the family photos on it.
The moustache cup that came from England with my grandmother.
My Rita statue!
[Juliet ~ And with that heavy Rita statue it would be hard to carry anything else! — See the pic below of me with Fiona, I’m helping her carry it because it’s so heavy. Nah, I just wanted to touch it! 😉 ]
7. If you had a magic wand, what’s one thing you would change about your home or your town?
I’d have a north-facing back garden instead of a south-facing one and a lovely deck to go with it.
8. It’s movie night at your place, the popcorn’s out, and everyone’s nabbed their favourite couch corner or armchair… what movie/s will we watch?
Anything directed by Richard Curtis. I think his latest film, About Time is up there with Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
[Juliet ~ I agree. About Time is definitely one of my new favourite movies!]
9. Imagine you have the luxury of a chef for a night and you’ve invited people over for a dinner party, what would you have the chef cook?
It really wouldn’t matter what it was because the fact I did not have to cook it would mean it would taste fantastic.
10. Name three books on your To Be Read bookshelf or e-reader:
A Question of Travel by Michelle de Krester
Love A Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey
Holding out for a Hero by Amy Andrews
11. Name something unique or uncommon that you have in your pantry or fridge:
Lemon Myrtle. It’s great on chicken and fish.
12. If you could live anywhere for one year, where would you go?
Well, as I’ve seen a lot of the world, I would go someplace I’ve never been so that would be either Africa or South America.
13. You’ve just received a phone call from a friend or relative, and they’ll be arriving in five minutes for a visit. What do you do?
a) Relax on the couch until they arrive.
b) Put the kettle on; place some (probably homemade) snacks onto a tray; set the table; put flowers into a vase; and light a candle (and maybe even make some place cards with your super calligraphy skills).
Seriously? A person can do all that in five minutes? 😉
c) Put the kettle on; tip out a few cookies onto a plate; check your reflection in the mirror, and wait.
d) Freak out; shove excess household clutter under beds, in cupboards, drawers, and the garage; trip over something in the process; hold an ice pack to your bruised forehead while swearing profusely; check the mirror to see if you’re still in pyjamas; frantically change into suitable clothing whilst simultaneously holding ice pack to your head; fall over again; alternate ice pack between head and location of new injury; then shove ice pack under bed and greet visitors with the fakest smile of pure calm you can muster.
‘C’ sounds like me. Everyone is welcome but they need to take me as they find me which is usually in trackies or shorts depending on the season, and a white T-shirt; my writing uniform.
>> Even though Fiona would probably love you to pay a visit, why not visit her online right now?
Website : Blog : Facebook : Twitter : Goodreads : Pinterest
>> And help her pay for that in-house chef (or housekeeper) by buying a copy of her book here:
Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Carina Press, Kobo, iBooks, Booktopia
Runaway Groom. Book three of Wedding Fever trilogy
Amy Sagar’s life is in ruins. Fired from her fast-track job and dumped by her double-crossing boyfriend, she retreats to Whitetail, Wisconsin, to lick her wounds and regroup. Meeting an impossible, sexy Australian isn’t part of her strategy for getting back on track.
Aussie, Ben Armytage is running away. After being left at the altar and publicly humiliated, he’s taking his vintage motorcycle on an extended road trip from Argentina to Alaska. Having his journey interrupted by a breakdown and sharing a house with a curvy, redheaded lawyer in a town obsessed with weddings was never on his itinerary.
Though being stuck in a luxury log cabin isn’t really a hardship, living together with their broken hearts isn’t easy. When the attraction between Amy and Ben proves unstoppable, they’ll both begin rethinking their plans…
For more weddings in Whitetail, check out Saved by the Bride and Picture Perfect Wedding, available now!
>> WIN! Fiona would love to give away an ecopy of Runaway Groom. To be in with a chance, please tell me which cover out of the Wedding Fever trilogy (below) you like best and why. Open worldwide. Winner will be drawn 22nd Jan so get in quick!
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Posted on January 17, 2014, in At Home With..., Interviews and tagged At Home With..., aussie authors, author interview, contemporary romance, Fiona lowe, RITA award, Runaway groom, Wedding Fever Trilogy. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.
Hi Juliet and Fiona
What a lovely interview – great questions AND answers 🙂
Love the pic of you both holding the RITA. I reckon I’d also want to hold the statue too 🙂
All the wedding covers are beautiful but I particularly like Picture Perfect Wedding because it’s the kind of pic I would have loved to have had for my wedding – it’s really, really nice 🙂
Congrats Fiona on the trilogy 🙂
What a fantastic giveaway! I like them all, but have to say I like the cover for Runaway Groom the most. They just seem to have so much fun! Look at the bride on the pic, she’s shining! Thanks for the chance to win XX
Lovely interview Fiona and Juliet. All your covers are beautiful, Fiona. My favourite is Saved by the Bride. Annika has a great expression which seem to say ‘we are going to have a fantastic life together’.
Hi, I am at the beach with iffy wifi so thanks for calling by!
I’ve read and loved the first two book in the series so I’m really excited for the third. All the covers are gorgeous but one for Picture Perfect Wedding resonates with me more. Both the bride and groom are in focus and their wide grins and laughing faces make it my favorite. They look really happy and like a couple I’d love to meet.
It was too hot to sleep last night so I started reading Runaway Groom – just til I fell asleep…. oops I finished it at 6am this morning – couldn’t just put it down. Good thing I’m still on holidays! Love this series. My answer to question 13 would be a) because everyone knows they can make themselves at home at my place – they usually end up curled up on the couch with a doona and possible a cat
Thanks for the pic of you and “Rita”, I would rescue her first too! I like all the covers but I love the smiles and laughter on the Picture Perfect Wedding cover…
I like the runaway groom. The idea of having your own wedding despite that everyone against your relationship always excites me. From the picture, I can see their effort to reach their happiness by escaping with their motorcycle.
All fun covers, but PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING stands out for me too. It’s such a joyous cover.
Runaway Groom for the colors
Thanks everyone for dropping by to Fiona’s interview.
The winner of Runaway Groom is bn100! 🙂