Interview with Fiona Lowe

When did you first start writing?
Back in 1995 after the birth of my first child. I thought, "Cool! I'll write books and stay at home to raise my kid!" Only thing was, it took A LOT longer than I thought. I sold my first novel to Harlequin in 2005. I have now written 19 category romances for Harlequin and 4 single title 'bride books' for Carina Press, including the Rita award-winning Boomerang Bride. My first Indie story is a short-story, "One For The Road" and although it is only 12,600 words, it's packed with emotion and earns its 'happy ever after.'
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Papua New Guinea and without TV so I learned to read early for some entertainment!
Thus, my love of reading springs from there as well as growing up in a family where books and reading were valued. My grandmother was a great letter writer and I think my writing started there; communicating with family when I was overseas and a hand-written letter was the only way to stay in touch.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of different books. I love a great contemporary romance that makes me laugh out loud. My comfort reads always feature Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen. I belong to a book group, which is great as it makes me read outside of my comfort zone and forces me into new fiction areas as well as some non-fiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first book I ever borrowed from the school library. I was six and it was Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. I adored it and decided there and then, I was going to Paris one day!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am a bit spoilt and I have an iPad and a brand-spanking-new Kindle Paperwhite. I love my Kindle because it is small, light, the e-ink means I can read it outside and the battery lasts ages and ages. Also, the cover makes me feel like I'm holding a physical book but lighter!
Describe your desk
One huge mess and a cat! My cat, Pekoe,. likes to help me work by sitting in front of the computer screen. I tend to have piles of papers piled up on each side. At the end of each book, I always promise to tidy my desk but I suffer from an inability to decide where to file and when I do I can never retrieve so yeah, paper mess on the desk!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger followed by a thousand fears which usually start with, "Ack, we're late."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a mother of two sons, a weekend wife and I have a huge garden so that accounts for a lot of my time right there. I love to read, watch TV..fave shows are The Good Wife, Modern Family, The Americans, Big Bang Theory and right now while I watch TV I am knitting blankets for the Fistula Foundation in Ethiopia.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Twitter recommends a lot of books.
How do you approach cover design?
I trawl the internet looking for that perfect photo that reflects my story and then I hand the design over to my son who has a keen eye. We discuss the font and where the words are going and play around with it until we're happy with it at the thumbnail size. I'm thrilled with the cover for 'One For The Road."
Published 2013-09-24.
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Books by This Author

Just Delectable
Price: Free! Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Love and a recipe! Annie Higgins is stuck working in the deep freeze of the Port Frazer fish co-op earning money for her semester at Cambridge. She never wants to see another prawn again. While she's filleting fish, she's dreaming of sunshine and building castles in the air. Little does she know that the prawns she detests are the key to romance and adventure.
On The Road Again
Price: Free! Words: 12,570. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Dr. Felicity Hamilton-Smith desperately needs a change of scene so she signs up for a ten-day bike ride around Victoria. The last thing she expects is to run slap-bang into her former fiancé. For her, the past is over and best left behind, or so she thinks. The last time Dr. Drew Baxter saw Felicity was when he broke her heart. Now, seeing her again is breaking his.