As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling author of rural romance and environmental fiction Jennifer Scoullar to the stage.
1. Describe the perfect date.
Riding on horses together to a waterfall, and having a champagne picnic in the bush.
2. Which of your books are you most proud of?
I always end up being most proud of my latest novel. Currently, that’s Currawong Creek.
3. What is the hardest thing about being a romance author?
Torturing my characters. A great romance needs lots of conflict – lots of obstacles flung in the path of the characters’ happiness. I sometimes feel so sorry for them!
4. What is the best thing about being a romance author?
Working in my pyjamas.
5. Who (aside from a significant other) do you swoon over?
When I googled the title of my book, I discovered the other Currawong Creek – a stylish coffee table book by Paul Freeman, filled with beautiful outback photographs of nude men! There are a few in there that I swoon over, I can tell you …
7. Describe your writing style in three words.
Heartfelt, passionate and bush-focused. (I think I made up that last word!)
8. What is your definition of a good book?
One that kidnaps me into its world. One that makes me miss my bus stop. One that is so engrossing that I stop reading as a writer and start reading as a reader.
9. Which author would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Hilary Mantel. I’m a sucker for all that Tudor soap opera sort of thing!
10. Finish this sentence: I would do anything for love, but I won’t do_____
I wouldn’t go out with someone who didn’t love animals.
Jennifer has always harboured a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world. Jennifer lives with her family on a beautiful property in the mountains, that was left to her by her father. Horses have always been her passion. She grew up on the books of Elyne Mitchell, and all her life she’s ridden and bred horses, in particular Australian Stock Horses. She has three published novels – Wasp Season, Brumby’s Run and Currawong Creek.