It’s my pleasure to welcome Heather Garside to my website. Heather is the author of Breakaway Creek and a delightful rural romance writer. She’s answered a few questions I though you might be interested in having a look at.
Heather grew up on a cattle property in Central Queensland and now lives with her husband on a beef and grain farm in the same area. She has two adult children.
She has previously published three historical romances and has helped to write and produce several compilations of short stories and local histories. The Cornstalk was a finalist in the 2008 Booksellers’ Best Award, Long Historical category, for romance books published in the USA. Breakaway Creek was a finalist in the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program and is her latest release.
What am I working on?
I’m writing another rural romance/dual timeline story, presently titled Morrison’s Road.
Holly Colter leaves her career in nursing to help her grandparents on their Queensland cattle property. But she hadn’t bargained on Jesse Kavanagh, the boy who broke her heart and ended up in trouble with the law, being back next door.
While doing her best to avoid Jesse, she indulges her love of history by trying to uncover the truth about a murdered ancestor.
Mercy Forbes is shocked but hardly grief-stricken when she finds her abusive husband murdered. Sergeant Jake Morrison is determined to find the killer, despite his suspicions about Mercy and a growing attraction between them that threatens to undermine the case and his policing career.
How does my work differ from others in the genre?
The dual timeline sets my two latest novels apart from most others in the genre. Although this technique has been used in other rural romances, most are predominately set in the present day and rely on diary entries or similar to tell the historical story. Breakaway Creek and Morrison’s Road are two complete stories in one, interwoven together. They combine adventure and romance with a touch of suspense.
Why do I write what I write?
I grew up in an isolated environment on my parents’ cattle station and have a deep love of rural life and the Australian bush. I have written off and on since childhood and I’m never happier than when I’m living in my characters’ heads and my writing is flowing!
How does my writing process work?
Now that I have a publisher waiting for my next book, I’m finding it much easier to stay focused. I try to do my chores first thing and then write for a couple of hours, depending on what’s happening that day. It is impossible for me to always stick to a routine with farm life, my job at the local library, and volunteer work intervening.
Although I write a rough outline first, I am more of a pantser than a plotter, finding the best ideas always come to me as the story evolves.