Imelda Evans – Rules Are for Breaking

Hi there Imelda, thanks so much for taking the time to be on my blog today! Can I just say, I adore the cover of you book.

IE: Thank you for having me!  I am very fond of this cover too.  I love the look in her eye.  It’s very ‘Jo’ (the heroine, for those who haven’t read it).  Although, as an ardent Kerry Greenwood fan, I was amused to discover that I had apparently written Phryne Fisher…Image

DM: Delicious! How did you come about Jo’s character? Despite the fact she perhaps embodies how a lot of women view   trying to find ‘The One’, she really came across to me as a complex, fabulous mix of cynicism, vulnerability and hope.

IE: Aw, shucks!  I’m not really sure where Jo came from.  She walked into the manuscript with a   cocktail in her hand and a chip on her shoulder and I couldn’t shake her!  I think she was a    manifestation of thoughts I had been having about the baggage we don’t know we have that can get in  the way of our dreams.  She is generous and she thinks she is open, but past hurts have left some big  scabs on her heart that need to be peeled off before she can let anyone new in.

DM: Scabs on the heart! Yikes and yet it’s an apt description of emotional pain. Did you struggle with matching Declan’s character with Jo? She was a tough nut to crack and it really did take a special man to get past all those barriers.

IE: I needed someone as pig-headed as she was!  Declan wasn’t bossy or arrogant, but he was very determined.  The more she threw rules at him, the more he found ways to use them to his advantage.   He wasn’t intimidated by her beauty, her brains or her strength, which made him a match for her.  He was very secure in who he was and had a deep centre of calmness that appealed to Jo, as it does to me.  We dramatic females need someone centred!

DM: How long have you been writing, Imelda? What got you into writing in the first place?

IE: I’ve always loved words.  When other girls were playing netball, I was reading.  So I always loved the idea of writing.  But it took me a long time to get here.  After doing a lot of other things, I spent ten years freelancing as a copywriter before I was game to try fiction.  I’ve been seriously working at fiction for 5 years and I still struggle every day with the fear that I’m no good at this!

DM: Throughout ‘Rules Are For Breaking’, there shines through a love of music. Do you sometimes use music as inspiration for your writing?

IE: Thank you for noticing!  I am very eclectic in my musical preferences (which I suppose shows in the pop-to-opera coverage of the book).  I’m not sure I have ever consciously used it as story inspiration, but I do like listening to love songs written by men when I’m trying to get into the heads of romance heroes.  Our culture sometimes seems to deny that men can love deeply or care as much as women – but their love songs tell a different story!

DM: I agree!  I especially love the scenes following where Jo feels Declan has seen her as a challenge and nothing more. It was intriguing to see how she struggled with her emotions, trying to work through them. How hard was that to write?

IE: I’m glad you enjoyed that.  It was her worst nightmare made manifest.  I based her devastation on a personal experience (from a long time ago) so the emotions were easy to come by.  The hard part was conveying them convincingly and showing that she’d changed from the girl at the start of the story, who would have just grown another layer of armour and moved on.  I’m glad you think I managed it!

DM: Thanks so much for coming on my blog today, Imelda. Your second book, ‘Playing by the Rules’ is also out which is fabulous! Folks, if you love intense, character-focused romance, you’ll love Imelda Evans. If you’d like to connect with Imelda, you can find her here:

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Thank you!


Craft: What makes a Successful Writer?

According to a recent article by Michael Hague, TENACITY is the one outstanding quality of every successful writer. Each of us determines success differently at different stages of our career. 

Picture yourself climbing a cliff. The cliff stretches up in the distance and you can barely make out the specks that are the carrion birds, circling slowly at the top. You look left – there are hundreds and hundreds of other writers on the same level, some higher, some lower. You look right and its the same.

Then you see that some parts of the cliff are baking in extreme heat and the writers there are struggling. Some of them slip, their fingers too sweaty to hang on. Other parts of the cliff are freezing, snow and ice lashing the writer’s endeavors to climb up past the bitter cold.

I know I sometimes feel like this and have felt like this in my writing journey. I agree with Michael Hauge’s assessment of a successful writer. Its having the courage and fortitude to continue against the odds; Lack of time, Lack of support, Lack of knowledge, Lack of education, Lack of…well you get the picture. All of us lack something, but somewhere within the successful writer is the tenacity to keep going when just about everything but your inner voice is telling you to quit, even WHEN your inner voice is starting to quaver.

Never let the fear of failure quiet the voice within, the voice of your dreams. Aim as high as you want to go and remember to have faith, not all is in your control.

Now, with those wise, bolstering words I am attempting to overcome my fear of blogging and just get in there, stuff it up, write some crap, write some good and get on with it.


🙂 With love



Her Italian Aristocrat – by Lousie Reynolds

9781742538747[1]There’s something about an Italian hero that reels me in every time. In Louise Reynold’s debut novel for Destiny Romance, we immediately get the sense that Gemma is in a little bit of trouble, not able to understand the lingo while stuck in an Italian hospital. So why is she there? Why, to buy a prestigious shoe company, of course.

Enter Luca, Gemma’s saviour as he translates so the nurse from hell doesn’t stick her with a needle that she shouldn’t. And who is this Luca? He is the local Aristocrat, determined to save the town’s industry. You know things from here are going to get interesting.

Not only does Louise create a memorable character in Gemma, with that unique Australian charm, but also weaves an effortlessly beautiful setting. It was a wrench to come back to reality!

I would recommend this book with a good drop of red, some candles and no interruptions please! Am looking forward to Louise’s next release with anticipation.


Dana x