Alli Sinclair on her 3-book deal, writing, and the allure of the tango…
Posted by Juliet Madison
I’m so excited to welcome my wonderful friend and writing critique partner, Alli Sinclair to the blog today! Alli and I have known each other just over two years now, and barely a day has gone by when we haven’t communicated via facebook message, email, text, or phone! I had the pleasure of reading her book, LUNA TANGO, in manuscript stage, and can’t wait to read the finished product when it releases in print and ebook on 1st August 2014! It’s a rich, absorbing tale of dance, romance, mystery, and family ties. I know readers are going to love it. 🙂
I decided to ask Alli a few questions in honour of her first book deal. Here we go…
1. Congratulations on your three book deal with Harlequin Australia! How did you feel when you received your offer of publication?
Stunned is the first word that came to mind. Hubby saw my face as my amazing agent delivered the news on the telephone and he said he’d wished he’d videotaped it because my expression was priceless. Needless to say there was a lot of happy dancing and squeals of delight from the entire family!
2. Tell us about your book series and can you give us a blurb for your August release, LUNA TANGO?
Luna Tango is the first in the Dance Card series that explores dances and music that capture hearts both on and off the dance floor—Buenos Aires and the tango, Granada and the flamenco, and Paris and the Russian Ballet. With stories about love, loss, passion, and betrayal, the Dance Card Series takes readers on a journey full of colour, glitz, and dreams.
In Luna Tango, journalist Dani McKenna delves into the world of tango to expose the decades of lies and deception that threaten three generations of her family. She’s desperate to understand the reason her mother abandoned her twenty years ago to become a world-class tango dancer, why her grandma lives in fear of all things tango, and how the brutal murder of a tango music legend in 1950s Buenos Aires now affects her family.
Dani meets the enigmatic Carlos Escudero, a revered tango dancer and man of intense passion, who helps her unravel tango’s sordid history. Despite Dani’s lack of rhythm, they create their own dance of the souls until the differences in their cultures causes a deep rift. As she seeks to reconnect with Carlos and rebuild her family, tango – the dance of passion – becomes a complicated dance of betrayal.
3. What made you want to write a dance series?
That’s an excellent question and does it sound lame to say I’m not really sure? I grew up with dance and was surrounded by it when I lived in South America so it felt like a natural progression to write about something I love.
4. If you could tango with anyone in the world, who would it be? (I think I know the answer to this!)
You really need to ask this question? Who else but the man who inspired the character of Carlos in Luna Tango – Gilles Marini!
5. Your book has a present day timeline intertwined with a historical timeline. Did you face any challenges writing a dual timeline book?
It can be a challenge tying up loose ends from the historical timeline into the present-day, but my eagle-eyed critique partners, agent, and editors make sure none get missed! I truly believe it takes a village to write a book!
6. What would you say to aspiring authors who are struggling to get published and feel like giving up?
Try it. Give up for a week, or a month – set a time limit – and see how you feel. If you’re itching to get back to the desk then you’re a writer through and through. This is a tough business and we spend hours, months, years honing our skills and receiving rejection after rejection so the only thing that keeps us going is our love for telling stories and the hope that one day we can share that passion. If you know you are born to do this then giving up will be the hardest thing you could ever do and that will be the perfect sign for you to continue with your dream. I am all about people pursuing their goals and reaching for the stars!
7. What is your favourite dance movie?
Ohhh…. that’s like asking me to pick a favourite child! No fair! Anything with Gene Kelly (I’m a sucker for Hollywood musicals), Dirty Dancing (that one’s for you, Juliet!), Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, and… and… there’s too many to mention!
8. What are you most looking forward to about being a debut novelist?
Apart from holding my book baby in my hands? Sharing my characters with the world and giving readers a chance to go on a journey to an exotic destination and experience what it’s like to fall in love with tango.
9. You have a love of history and culture, what is your favourite place in the world, and if you could spend a year living in any time period which would you choose?
Another “pick your favourite child” question! But I have to say Buenos Aires, Argentina is my number one place in the world and has been since I first travelled there in 1995. And as for time period, 1920s Buenos Aires because that is when tango came back from Europe as a “civilised” dance, rather than frowned upon by Argentines like it was many years prior. That must have been an amazing time to see the elite Argentines finally embracing a dance that was once considered “uncouth”.
10. What do you hope readers will get out of reading LUNA TANGO?
An experience that triggers many emotions and inspires the reader to get on the next plane to Argentina or book into a tango class!
11. How can readers connect with you or keep updated on your upcoming release?
- website/blog: www.allisinclair.com
- publisher: Harlequin MIRA (Australia)
- twitter: @allisinclair
- facebook: www.facebook.com/AlliSinclairAuthor
- Add LUNA TANGO to Goodreads HERE!
12. And lastly, would you like to share your book trailer with us?
Of course! A very talented friend, Sean McGee composed the music and some incredibly clever photographers contributed to the trailer. View the trailer HERE.
Thanks Alli! I can’t wait to see the cover for LUNA TANGO when it’s available, and can’t wait for August! 🙂
*Photo credit of tango: Carlos Luque, wikimedia commons
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Posted on March 9, 2014, in Interviews and tagged alli sinclair, aussie authors, author interview, author interviews, book deal, dance, harlequin, Luna Tango, romance, tango, women's fiction. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.
Sounds like a great story–I look forward to reading it–I’m a big “Dancing with the Stars” fan.
Thank you so much Nancy! I love Dancing with the Stars also.
I have heard so much about your clever writing style for some time now (your CPs love you!) and you have built a wonderful series, by the sound of that. Congratulations.
Thank you Jenn. I love my CP’s, also!
So excited for you Alli!! The Dance Card series sounds amazing!!
Thank you, Jenn. It’s fun to write (mostly!)
So looking forward to reading these books Alli. I’m mad keen on dance and the stories sound wonderful.
Kandy, you will need to dance with me at the RWA after party then! I hope you enjoy the series!
I cannot wait to read this book – in fact the whole series! I am so excited for you! (And yeah, I can’t go past Dirty Dancing either!)
Thanks Kerrie! Dirty Dancing is an awesome movie, huh?
Love most forms of dance and eagerly awaiting your series, Alli.
Best wishes, Susanne
Thank you Susanne. I hope you enjoy the series!
Thanks everyone for dropping by, I’m sure you’ll all enjoy Alli’s book! And lucky me, I have chapter one of the next book in the series waiting for my critique! 😀
Let’s hope you don’t find too many spelling mistakes!