The Travelling Heart

The Travelling Heart: a book lover's journey to romantic destinations with Stella Quinn

The Travelling Heart: a journey with author Megan Mayfair

LATITTUDE 37.8136° S, LONGTUDE 144.9631° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Megan Mayfair about the settings that inspired her recently released women’s fiction title, The Things We Leave Unsaid, and its two soon-to-be-released companion novels.  What romantic destination did you choose for your novel, and why? I decided that my hometown of Melbourne was the perfect setting for The Things We Leave Unsaid. It’s a diverse, multicultural city with a fabulous food and coffee scene. Tessa’s café was inspired by the sorts of cafes I see in my local area and greater Melbourne. How bookworthy is Melbourne as a setting? I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life and feel it is a great setting. Hidden laneways, trendy bars, amazing galleries and dinging trams make it atmospheric and interesting. Not to mention the weather – it’s kind of a character on its own! Melbourne pops up a bit in fiction, perhaps due to a strong arts culture and community. The Australian classic, The Getting of Wisdom – a favourite of mine – is set in Melbourne. Did you discover any intriguing facts or snippets of local history when you researched your settings?   The immigration patterns have absolutely contributed to the vibrant food, wine and coffee culture we see in Melbourne. My own Italian ancestors were involved in the food and wine industries, like my main character, Tessa’s were and wandering around Melbourne you can see the influence of many different cultures in the form restaurants, markets and the arts.         Megan publishes a newsletter so readers can keep up with release dates of her upcoming titles, which you can find here. The Travelling Heart is convinced; Melbourne sounds perfect. ♥ Romantic? Yes ♥ Book-worthy? Yes ♥ Intriguing? Yes Melboune has definitely found a place on The Travelling…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover's journey to romantic destinations with Stella Quinn

The Travelling Heart: a journey with author MC D’Alton

LATITUDE 26.6500° S, LONGITUDE 153.0667° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author MC D’Alton about using the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia as a setting in her contemporary suspense novella, Memories of Love: True Love never Dies. What made you choose the Sunshine Coast as your romantic destination? The Sunshine Coast was our first home when we arrived in Australia 8 years ago from South Africa. I fell in love with the people and their cruisey approach to life, not to mention the spectacular surroundings, beaches, nature walks and the simplicity the area brings to family living. Also, it makes for the perfect romantic setting 😉 Just how bookworthy is it? As a setting, the Sunny Coast (as locals love to call it) has all the lure of beach town living. From Noosa down to Caloundra, the beaches are pristine, the surfing amazing, and vibe, addictive.  There are hotels and motels, and stunning caravan parks a plenty. Restaurants to give any eatery in Melbourne a run for their money, and the markets are like no other; one simply has to drive up into local Eumundi, Montville or Melany to experience the exquisite art and music culture first hand. I do not take us up into the hinterland as the story did not ask for it and instead kept us close to the ocean. I love water, and the ocean often reflects to me what is going on inside a person’s life, heart and soul. While it is not an island, the sunshine coast is incredibly exotic and original in a unique way. There is so much beauty which surrounds a person. The cerulean waters which rush up on to the white, sun bleached sand. The spectacular talent of local artists and restaurateurs. It’s romance waiting to blossom! I…

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