We are pleased to introduce Australian Christian fiction author, Paula Vince, as our feature author for this month. Paula has very kindly answered some questions for us, so that we – and you! – can get to know her better.   
This month’s feature also launches our first ever book giveaway!  We are giving away Paula’s latest release book, “Best Forgotten.”  See the end of this post for details on how to enter the competition.
About Paula Vince
Paula is the author of four adult contemporary romance / drama novels as well as the Quenarden series, a young adult fantasy adventure trilogy.

1.  Thanks for joining us on our blog today Paula.  Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Any hobbies you have?

I’m a homeschooling mum with children aged 7, 12 and 16. We tend toward the relaxed, interest-driven end of the home education spectrum and it’s been lots of fun. I love country drives, walks and hikes, which is why I’m thankful to live in the Adelaide Hills, one of South Australia’s most beautiful spots. I sometimes enjoy cooking new dishes, although my husband and kids don’t always appreciate being guinea-pigs. I like to write with the dishwasher or washing machine humming in the background, as this makes me feel as if I’m working productively.

2.  Whose writing do you admire?

Anybody whose stories make me look forward to their next book. I’m happy to be able to rattle off a list of Australian Christian fiction authors whose books fit the bill perfectly. Mary Hawkins, Amanda Deed, Meredith Resce, Carol Preston, Anne Hamilton, Dale Harcombe, Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Laura O’Connell, Janelle G Dyer. I’ve also been reading some brilliant unpublished manuscripts recently and hope to see their authors soon take their places on my shelf. It’s amazing to see the fine quality of stories which haven’t seen the light of day yet.

3.  When you get writers block, what do you do to try and get out of it?

Going for drives works well. Being confined to a small space with scenery flashing past and rhythmic motion is a great way of getting ideas flowing. Drudge work helps too, as if there really is a muse who gets anxious when we don’t pay her attention. Finally, I find writing any silly thing that strikes my fancy is a good method – a bit like shaking the plug from a bottle of tomato sauce.

4.  What books did you read as a teenager?

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series, L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne” and “Emily” series and every other book she wrote, “Trixie Belden”, Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” books and many others. As I used to love stories set in the past, it’s ironic that I became a contemporary fiction author.
(Helen: Ooh Trixie Belden … there’s a name I’d forgotten!)

5.  If you could be any fictional book character for a day, who would you be, and why?

I decided to choose Pollyanna, from Eleanor H. Porter’s series. She’s had her detractors who think she stubbornly refused to acknowledge the bad, but they have the wrong idea. She never denied the negative but chose to focus on the positive. You see, I have a melancholic streak, so bubbly enthusiasm isn’t usually my gut reaction to anything less than wonderful, although I try to make it my second or third reaction. I’m also an introvert who tends to get brain-freeze and tongue-tied in social situations. It’d be great to experience the world from the point of view of a sunny sanguine for a day. Besides this, she did so much good, helping people cure their depression and making them feel happy just by being herself. And she married Jimmy, who I used to think was one of the manliest men of children’s literature.

6.  Can you tell us about any of your current works in progress, and any books that are coming out soon?

I’ve made a start on a new novel with the working title, “Along for the Ride.” It has a quiet heroine with a secret that’s spread its guilt through her whole life. She’s on a mission to make up for it but doubts if she can. There is also a really lovable talented blonde hero (I made him blonde because I realised I’ve had a thing for dark-haired heroes and wanted to break the mold). He receives some unexpected news that knocks him flat. It’s going to be a book about healing on all levels, emotional, spiritual and physical. It will be some time coming, as “Best Forgotten” is still recently new, but I’m already enjoying it thoroughly.
(Helen: Sounds like a very interesting story, Paula! Looking forward to that one.)

7.  This is our extra special question, reserved for our Aussie guest authors: What’s the best thing about being an Aussie?

I love our vast space, full of contrasting beauty. I love our unique flora and fauna. I love our warmth and the blueness of our sky. I love our particular style of humour and candour, evident in some of our descriptive vernacular. Many Aussies, like me, can probably claim to be descended from strong, admirable and courageous people of faith, who lived rugged, gruelling lives but kept their chins up and made the best of it. We have their blood flowing in our veins and I love that. Well, that’s more than one thing, but they all blend together.

Thank you so much Paula for taking the time to answer our questions 🙂

Paula Vince’s Links

Paula also contributes to the following blogs

Paula Vince’s Published Book List

Christian Contemporary Romance / Drama Fiction

Quenarden Trilogy (Young Adult Fiction)

  • Quenarden: The Prophecies
  • Quenarden: The Castle of Light
  • Quenarden: The Dark Secret

Paula’s books can be purchased through Apple Leaf Books

Book Giveaway: Best Forgotten by Paula Vince

Here it is folks, our first ever book giveaway! We’re thrilled to be offering you the chance to win Paula’s latest book, “Best Forgotten”.

A young accident victim wakes up in hospital and can’t remember who he is. Why does he have nothing in common with his family? Why does he despise the person he was supposed to be? Why has his best friend disappeared without a trace? Is somebody after him? His family can offer no solutions. His girlfriend is strangely aloof and he cannot shake off a feeling that the answers will prove more unpleasant than his amnesia. Somehow he must find out as it seems time is running out.Paula Vince has woven elements of secrecy and suspense with her trademark warmth and compassion. Best Forgotten is an inspirational masterpiece you won’t forget.

Paula has kindly posed a question which you must answer in order to be in the running to win this prize:

The hero of Best Forgotten has total amnesia. If you were in his position, name one thing youd be sad to forget and another youd be happy to forget.

Competition Details and Conditions of Entry

  1. The competition is open to anyone from any country
  2. In order to complete an eligible entry you must answer the above question posed by Paula Vince, by way of posting a comment to this post (see end of post for comments)
  3.  It is not necessary to put your email address in your comment.  We will be announcing the winner of the competition on the blog, and the winner will have 1 week to contact us with their details. 
  4. In addition to answering the question, you must be either one of the following:
    • a follower of this blog by using the Google Friend Connect found in the left hand menu of this blog  


      5.  The competition ends at 7pm on Friday 26th August, Australian Eastern Standard Time   (which is 10am GMT of the same day).  The winner will be announced in the early part of the following week.

       6.   The winning entry will be judged by Paula Vince.
We look forward to your entries!