Karly Lane is a bestselling author that I have grown to love over the years, and the releases, and she is firmly on my must read list. Over the years I have done a couple of Q&A’s with her but for the release of Take Me Home, with a rural feel far away from her Australian home I thought it would be nice to do something different.
To celebrate the release of Take Me Home I requested a guest post about anything she wanted to share with us, and this is what Karly came up with.
One question an author ultimately gets asked at a talk is ‘where do you like to write?’
I’d love to say a quiet little corner table in the local café where I sit and diligently type out my next manuscript between ordering lattes, and I would say this, to spare those audience members the utter mundane boringness of my reality as a full-time author.
You want the truth?
Que gentle Bach orchestral music. My day usually starts with waking up the teenage daughter—without wearing tactical gear, I might add. Then out to feed the small menagerie of fowl I seem to keep acquiring, to shut them up so I can write in peace! Ahh, the serenity of the country. Then, depending on the number of phone calls I get from my adult children ranging from, just calling to say hello to “if I’ve got some chicken from last night and it smells weird…can I still eat it?”
I then might be able to sit down and start writing. Unless the guy turns up with his tractor to fix up my horse paddock, in which case I have to go open gates, or the guinea fowl decide to wander out on the road, or get stuck in a fence…but after that, then I can write.
I have to admit, where do you like to write is often a question I ask; or do you have a favourite place to write which I guess boils down to the same thing. It is never the glamourous café and latte answer that Karly mentions here but it is always interesting. I do love to hear about the way these stories come to life.
Take Me Home – Synopsis from Allen & Unwin
It was a straightforward request. Take her gran home to her beloved Scotland.
In the space of a few days, Elle loses her job and her home and faces moving back in with her parents-where she knows she’ll hear a lot about how she is wasting her life, unlike her three siblings . . .
Then Gran’s will is read and everything changes.
It seems simple: a road trip across Scotland, a country Gran loved, to locate the family castle; meet some long lost cousins; oh, and work out what she wants to do with the rest of her life before returning home. Not a problem.
That is unless the family castle is a ruin that has pretty much been lost in time; the family Elle has never met seem to be hiding a mysterious secret; her over-achieving parents are breathing down her neck, and she’s running out of time to make a decision about her future.
Take Me Home is a glorious lesson in life, love and finding your true destiny.
Take Me Home is published May 4, 2021.
Fool Me Once is published by Allen & Unwin and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold