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 also found the colourful plethora of diverse areas which come together to make the Sunshine Coast what it is, very healing, and it was for this reason that I chose it for my heroine.
The novella tells the story of Isabella Irish, an up-and-coming artist, who wants to get on with her new life after a bomb blast robs her of her memories.
Mark Cornwall, her manager, persistently pushes for more than a working relationship.
The appearance of a stranger stirs lost memories and deep feelings she can’t explain, but Mark is an ever-present danger and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Roses, honeysuckle, and a brush with death will lead Isabella to uncover her real identity and the true love of her life.
Did you discover an intriguing fact, or snippet of local history when you researched the Sunshine Coast?
Nothing that relates directly to my novella, although I do have a Digger as my hero. But I did discover that during the WWII, the men of the 61st Battalion, (known as the Cameron Highlanders), trained in the region.
Caboolture, Beerburrum, Landsborough, Woombye, Nambour, Yandina and Glass House Mountains.
The 21st Brigade was assigned to prepare for the resistance of enemy movements on the railways and roads around Yandina, Maroochydore and Caloundra. The 2/16th Battalion had prepared the protection of Buderim and the beach defences of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.
How alluring are the hidden spots of Australia?
I believe the lesser known and hidden spots of Australia make for spectacular settings and good stories, especially romances. While other more popular settings seem to trend, don’t sell out your story simply because the setting is not as cosmopolitan or well known.
The Travelling Heart is convinced, so let’s pack our bags & check our passports …
♥ Romantic? Yes
♥ Bookworthy? Yes
♥ Intriguing? Yes
The Sunshine Coast is definitely joining The Travelling Heart’s list of romantic destinations for book lovers.