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People often ask writers where they get their ideas and I thought this was a good opportunity to share.
My new release with Destiny Romance, Outback Bride, takes place in the big sky country of outback Australia. Three years ago we were travelling in the outback when the heavens opened. Drenching rain quickly turned the dirt roads to mud; dangerous and almost impossible to drive. Luckily we were not far from a tiny one-pub town.
It was Derby Day, a major horse-racing day in Australia, and the pub was full of people from surrounding properties. They were holding a sweep and we were just in time to get the last horse. When it won, we shouted the bar.
We met so many wonderful people that day, but the person who remained vividly in my mind was a young woman from an outlying sheep station. As the rain kept pouring, we settled in over a couple of beers. She told me that she was about to go off wool-classing but that she’d rather have stayed and run her family property, a place she loved deeply. Her father was automatically passing it onto her brother and there was so much disappointment and anguish in her that my heart was breaking.
I wondered what it would be like to love your home so deeply but be denied the right to it because of gender. In Outback Bride, Lara is in exactly this position. Years after her departure, and after creating a new life for herself in the city, she’s suddenly called back home. Here’s the blurb:
“Legal star Lara Burke has worked hard to escape her country past and is finally on the way to being made a partner at her city law firm. At the worst possible time, her former flame Jake Forester arrives, bringing tragic news from home.
Forced to return to her family property, Jindaburra, Lara must confront her past at the home she loved and lost. But big-sky country and bittersweet memories are not all that await her at Jindaburra.
As Lara's past and present collide, old passions are rekindled and new connections are formed. And as her visit comes to an end, how will Lara choose between the city life she's grown to love, and the life she left behind?”
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