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 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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