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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 Darry Fraser

LATITUDE 35.9667° S, LONGITUDE 145.6500° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Darry Fraser about the settings that inspired her historical rural romances.  What romantic destinations have you chosen for your novels, and why? Daughter of the Murray and Where The Murray River Runs are set on the banks of the Murray River, in Victoria, Australia. The Murray River has been in my blood since the mid sixties when as a child the family moved to Swan Hill for Dad’s job. I guess country has always been in my blood though I’m the only one of three kids all born in the city who took to the bush as soon as I could. There’s a serenity about the river, and it has a strength that, even though we humans continue to muck it up, seems to say that no matter what, it will prevail. It truly is a mighty river.   For The Widow of Ballarat (out Nov 2018) the setting is the Ballarat goldfields and it opens immediately after the Eureka stockade battle in 1854. My premise here was that while women continued to struggle as chattels in a marriage, the working man did not have a vote until after the Eureka crisis. The new miner’s right paper stated that anyone who paid for the paper would have a vote. At the time, it wasn’t gender specific – by accident. Had women been as one, and ready, they might have secured a vote in the 1860s. But as that didn’t happen, women who had found themselves independent on the goldfields were once again relegated to the kitchen by the end of the boom. How book-worthy are your settings? There’s writer’s romance to a river setting, no question. Plenty of authors would have used the Murray, notably one, Nancy Cato,…

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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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