We all find ways to run away. Some do it in seclusion, others in the arms of lovers.
Since the death of his long-time partner, Caleb Maguire lives a quiet life in Australiaʼs Victorian high country with only his dog and horses for company. Each day is the same. There are no surprises—good or bad—until a major snowstorm hits his mountain and Caleb is called out to rescue a stranded tourist. The late night snow brings with it a lost soul who forces Caleb to reassess his solitary life.
Paul Turner is a barista in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He lives life totally in the moment, but a life of no commitments is about to change for this city boy. Three days is all it takes for Paul to fall hard for Caleb, and Paul returns to the city with a promise heʼll be back after turning his life around… but only when all the roads are clear.
Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Isabelle: It really depends on what I’m writing, but my books tend to have their own sound track. When I was writing A Note in the Margin I had a song by VAST on repeat play – it’s called ‘Flames’ and summed up the relationship between David and John.
‘Close the door
Leave your fears behind’
For The Red Heart it was Sisters of Mercy – great old 80’s Goth band to suit my main character. It was harder for Snowman because the locations and characters were very different so that’s when the radio in the café where I write became my soundtrack.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Isabelle: Oh I wish I was a full-time writer! I work full-time as a High School teacher so writing has to fit around my day job and night time marking and lesson planning. Some days I can sneak a little bit of writing in at work, but not too often.
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Isabelle: I definitely want to be a full-time write and hope to give it a try in few years. Right now I need to keep working which sadly means I’m not prolific enough to earn a living writing. Kind of a vicious circle – I’d be more prolific if I wasn’t working! But, I’m happy teaching and enjoy working with teenagers so will do it for a bit yet!
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Isabelle: Word counts depress me. I see on Facebook how many words people can achieve in a day and they’re often in the thousands!! I’m lucky if I can get 500. The most I’ve ever done was 1,500 so you can see I’m not very fast!
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Isabelle: I always get the post contract then post release blues. I have great plans to get stuck into the next book, but I need to let go of the recent one first. However, I always have several stories on the go at the same time and I just need to settle on one of them to get it finished. I love varying my genre so right now I have an mm romance, steampunk, young adult zombie, and a vampire novel in the works.
A slinky cat for a witch may be a cliché, but add a whole bunch of tribal tattoos and an intolerance to garlic (seriously) and you have Isabelle Rowan.
Having moved to Australia from England (Gateshead) as a small child Isabelle now lives in a seaside suburb of Melbourne where she teaches film making and English. She is a movie addict who spends far too much money on traveling… but then again, life is to be lived.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Isabelle-Rowan/e/B002NA9G9Q/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
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