Behind The Scenes
Wait For Me
Writing this book was so much fun because I got to collaborate with two fantastic writers, Joan Kilby and Karina Bliss. Working out all the details of the Outback Bachelor Ball was a hoot, and sharing ideas and reading each other's scenes incredibly inspiring (not to mention intimidating). And let's not forget the pure hell that was searching for hot cowboys for our book covers. Never have three women sacrificed so much for their art.
I'm not sure where my idea for Beth and Jonah's story came from. As often happens for me, I got a "feel" for the story long before the actual details came to me. When I starting thinking about a bachelor and spinster ball, I immediately thought about the band for some reason. And for a long time I have wondered about Tiger Woods' poor ex-wife, and how humiliated and angry and shocked she must have been when the extent of his betrayal became clear to her. Those two ideas somehow came together in my mind, and before I knew it I was writing about Jonah and Beth and realising that he was exactly the kind of humble, big-hearted guy that a woman who has been so thoroughly hurt needs.
For those of you unfamiliar with the fine tradition of the bachelor and spinster ball, they are big weekend-long parties held in rural areas of Australia. Usually a big temporary pavilion (in Australia, they're called marquees) is erected, and people come from near and far to drink, dance, camp and make merry. The "make merry" bit can get a bit messy sometimes, and involves drunken cowboys doing "circle work" in the parking area in their utes (pick-ups!) and lots of drunkenness and all that that entails. Food dye fights has become a common component of some balls - I *think* this consists of food colouring-infused balloons of water, which are then thrown at unsuspecting people. Costumes are also popular, and the notion of pairing after five wear with work boots very common because these events are often held in the middle of muddy show grounds or fields. Country people know how to party, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have the stamina to survive at one of these bush parties - but Karina, Joan and I thought it would be a great setting for our three heroines to find the men they didn't know they were looking for.