My interview with Australian Romance Readers Association
3 JANUARY 2020by arrawebmaster
For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.
Today we are spotlighting ML Tompsett. She will be attending ARR2020 in Melbourne.
How old were you when you first started writing romance?
About sixteen. My English teacher was proud I actually put my mind to something other than school work.
Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?
It was far too long ago now. But it was a Mills & Boon paperback.
Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?
My books cross over into the paranormal fantasy genre. So they also contain witches, shifters (both wolf and cat), vampires, Dark Ones and real people. One of next years’ books contains a little historical times element.
Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?
This is hard, I love all my book babies. I have two series at the moment so either one. Hmmm. A younger Kate Beckinsale to play Alexia, from Sex, Lies and Family Secrets series. And a younger Jessica Biel to play Misty, from Kept in the Dark of Love and Lust.
What is the hardest part of creating a story?
Even though I create fantasy, you still need to have some element of real life. So the reader can imagine the story or real time, in a real place.
What is your favourite place to write?
Either in the writing cave—my office overlooking the bay—or in my recliner with my feet up.
Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?
Not sure, but a song was behind the creation of The Guy Next Door, which led into the rest of the series.
What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?
Hmmm. I have been lucky enough to be reading advance reader copies of books that have not been released yet. All I can say is, make sure to download, or purchase, books from …
Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less
It’s You. From being predestined to be Queen of Darshia then betrothed to a prince in another Dark One kingdom Alley’s life has been turned upside down. With a small child to care for and a betrothed arriving for her engagement party, all seems lost—until a handsome ghost from her past arrives. Can a man she loved with all her heart save her? Is she destined to continue to live in a world of lies with the wrong man? The life of a princess is never easy … but Alley must survive at all costs with her daughter if she’s going to be the next Queen of Silver.
What else will you be working on in 2020?
I will be working on book five in the Sex, Lies and Family Secrets series. Hopefully completing book two—Kept in the Dark of Lies and Deceit. A new book, a stand-alone romance. And/or completed another book that blends into book three—You Never Know. This book’s main characters are mentioned in it. But this book was started before I had started You Never Know. There are a few new books on the back burner, waiting to see the light of day.
If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.
Make sure to come along and meet all the different talented attending authors.