Barbara DeLeo was in Greece when she received word that her book had been published. What a beautiful place to celebrate! Here, another RWNZ member talks about writing and having a family!
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for a job?
This year I’ve given up my part-time job as a high school English teacher to write more. I still do relief teaching every now and again, mostly to remind myself that there are real live people outside my office door, and to have a change from wearing pyjama pants all day.
When do you generally write your story, and where (
I have a great office which looks out on our garden (the tidiness of the garden is inversely proportionate to how well my daily word count is going). I mostly write while my four kids are at school but when I’m on deadline you can often find me huddled there at 2am with a short black.
What made you decide to write in the first place?
I’ve always been a big reader and my degree is in English Lit. and Psychology. I’d written short stories through University and when I was a young English teacher, but it wasn’t until I was at home with young children that I got serious about it. I had four kids in two and a half years – two sets of twins – and realized that if I wanted to have time to write I’d have to make time. Once I started I couldn’t stop.
Why do you write about the topics you do?
I write Contemporary Romance, primarily because I love to read it. I love the promise of a happily-ever-after, but I also love writing characters with complex back stories – people who shouldn’t ever fall in love with each other.
Where would be your ideal place be to write?
In a little house overlooking a beach in Greece. We spent three months in Greece last year and it was bliss. My husband’s family are from there and we’d wanted to take the kids before they hit high school. It was beautiful, relaxing, inspiring, and I have dreams of going back to live there part of the year to write.
If money was no object, would you write full time?
While I love the thought of writing full time I do find that I need to get out and about to “refill the well” and to do that spooky thing that writers love to do – people watch.
Tell us a little something about the book you are currently working on:
I’ve just handed my latest book in to my editor. It’s set in L.A and is the story of a celebrity chef in the middle of a public relations crisis and the image makeover expert who’s come to “fix” her. It was lots of fun to write and is due out mid-2013.
Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.
After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.
She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.
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Pregnant and alone after her ex lover’s death, magazine editor RUBY FLEMING’s not about to give up her home to the man who broke her heart—until she discovers her mother left half of the estate to somebody else, and realizes she’s trapped.
Property tycoon CHRISTO MANTAZIS wants the one thing his riches can’t buy—the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it’s the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner’s irresistible daughter stirs up old memories and sweetens his desire.
When Christo offers a marriage of convenience to break the deadlock, Ruby knows it’s the only way for them to get what they want. Ruby needs her baby to have the link to its past, Christo needs his mother to retain her home, and for him to have the child he could never father.
But it’s another need—to have Christo again—that Ruby must resist at all costs.