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…
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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