So please welcome Janet Gover and help her celebrate the release of her new book, Bring Me Sunshine!
It’s lovely to be here on Kate’s blog – Kate and I met years ago through the RNA – and we share, among so many other things, a penchant for changing our hair colour.
I am totally in awe of Kate’s amazing work – 59 books. Wow! I’ve got a way to go to catch her - I’ve just launched my 4th novel, and the fifth will be out in March.
Mostly my books are set in Australia – because that’s where I grew up. But I’ve just had the most enormous fun writing a book set even further south… What’s further south than Australia? You guessed it – Antarctica.
A chance comment from a friend about a holiday trip planted a small seed in the back of my head which grew into Bring Me Sunshine.
I really wanted to take a trip to Antarctica. The tax man would let me deduct it as a business expense, wouldn’t he? Well, maybe not. Unfortunately my budget didn’t stretch quite that far. It did however stretch to the Arctic.
|I love research!|
I’m from outback Queensland – I attended school in 40 degree temperatures – and there was no air conditioning in my small country town. I am fascinated by snow and ice.
|I have never been so cold in my life|
I had such a lot of fun writing the book. It’s about loss and loneliness and the healing power of love. It’s about a girl who brings sunshine back into the life of a man who has been hurting for far too long. And a man who would go to the end of the earth, almost literally, for the women he loves.
And – it’s got penguins in it. It’s even got penguins on the cover!
|Adore the penguins - holding hands or, rather, flippers!|
And everyone loves a book with penguins on the cover – right?