Our feature author today is Australian Christian contemporary author, Rose Dee.
Today Rose is giving away a copy of both “Back to Resolution” and “Beyond Resolution”. See the end of this interview for how to enter.
Thanks so much Rose for joining us on our blog today. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Any hobbies you have?
Well, I live in Mackay, North Queensland. My husband and I run our own business, and have a lively six-year-old son in grade one at school, and not to forget Noodle the dog (canine son). So far as hobbies go – I wish I had more time for them. Between being a wife and mother, working, and writing, hobbies are a dream of the future.
(Helen: I’ve been up the Mackay way a couple of times, it’s a beautiful area!)
Please tell us about the inspiration behind your Resolution series which is set in tropical north Qld. Is Resolution Island a real place?
Resolution Island isn’t a real place, but it is a combination of places. The Palm group of islands sat across the water from my home town of Forrest Beach, so there is a bit of those islands in the Resolution setting. Hinchinbrook Island is definitely a part of the Resolution landscape. Also the islands off the coast of Mackay; St Bees and Newry Island are definitely a part of Resolution. There is still one of the original stone cabins standing on Newry Island, but no resorts unfortunately – wonderful to visit and camp though.
The third book in the series, A New Resolution, comes out in November. Can you please tell us a bit about it?
The third book really takes everything back to the island. We get to revisit the characters in ‘Back to Resolution’ and ‘Beyond Resolution’. There is a lot of activity in the ocean and creeks, a mystery, a death, and a lot of drama. It’s so much fun. (See below for blurb).
How much time do you usually spend on the research element for your books? Do you visit locations and conduct interviews?
I am very lucky, because most of my writing is taken from my own experiences. But there are certainly elements of research. My main female character in ‘A New Resolution’ has a Torres Strait Islander heritage, so I had some research to do there with certain elements of the culture. I wasn’t able to visit the Torres Straits, but I did have help from a representative of that community here in Mackay, as well as research online and talking to those who have lived there. It is a wonderfully rich culture.
What books did you read as a teenager?
Everything from Archie comics (Betty and Veronica were my favourite) to teen romance series, and in later teenage years Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. I also did a lot of drama, so I read Shakespeare and Poetry. I would go from one extreme to the other – classic literature to pop culture. I loved it all.
Whose writing do you admire?
I love the storylines and literary worth of classic writers – the Bronte’s and Jane Austen. But to be a bit more current, our Aussie writers are awesome. Amanda Deed had me up until 1am, and I will often re-read some of Paula Vince’s work just because it is wonderfully poetic and quite beautiful. Meredith Resce had me wanting to jump into the book and strangle one of her characters. All four of us have recently collaborated on a writing project. ‘The Greenfield Legacy’ is due for release in November this year. It was so much fun to write together, and I love the story we have produced.
When you get writers block, what do you do to try and get out of it?
Thankfully I have not experienced writer’s block. My problem is too much creativity. I’m an ideas person – so I have potential stories and various plot lines continually running rampant in my head. Some are good, and some are not so good. I have to commit to sifting them out on a regular basis.
If you could be any fictional book character for a day, who would you be, and why?
I have so many wonderful blessings in my life – so I am very thankful for who I am. But I must admit that there are times when I think about Bay in ‘Back to Resolution’ sitting on a beach looking out to sea, or taking picturesque Island shots through the lens of her camera. That’s definitely my sort of scene. And I could do with an island holiday.
What’s your favourite thing about being Australian?
I can’t pick just one thing. I am unashamedly patriotic. I love my country, our heritage and our culture. I love our larrikin nature and our ‘she’ll be right mate’ attitude to life. I love that my father could fix anything with a piece of guinea grass, or a bit of chewing gum. Or that my husband accurately predicts the weather by looking at the sky, and knows the exact moment the tide changes – even if he isn’t anywhere near the ocean. I’ve lived on the coast; on the sea; in the bush; in the west, south and north; in the city; and in rural towns, and there is one thing I know for sure – Australia is awesome.
We’re thrilled to be hosting the debut of the cover of the third and final book in the Resolution Series – A New Resolution.
Resolution Island is a safe haven for Anika Demeur. A chance to fulfill dreams, find her place in the world, and a new life for her and young son, Kye. But her dreams of a future are shattered when her son’s security is challenged, and the rich and privileged Texan, Nate Hollingsworth sails into the bay. Now Ani must not only fight for her son, but also a growing attraction she has to the one type of man she loathes.
Nate is on a mission – to fulfill his mother’s last wish, and change his life. Dropping anchor in the idyllic Resolution harbor, he didn’t anticipate becoming involved in illegal fishing, a murder, or an unexpected attraction to the most exasperating woman he has ever met.
The Australian tropical Island, Resolution, sets the scene again for adventures, dreams, and new beginnings.
A New Resolution is the final book in the Resolution trilogy, following Back to Resolution and Beyond Resolution.
Rose is giving away TWO books today – Back to Resolution, the first book of the series, and Beyond Resolution, the second book. On the entry form below please indicate which book you would like to win.
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Helen’s favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element. She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA. She’s not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.
Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.
Helen is a strange combination of fiction editor and web strategist. That’s because she loves fiction and the internet – and analytics! A former business analyst and IT support manager, Helen now spends her time parenting her three children as well as running her editing and web agency businesses. As a book reviewer and fiction editor, her one true love and specialty is Christian romance fiction.