Australian author, Annie Seaton, lives an author’s dream life beside the sea. With her children grown up, Annie gets to spend all day creating stories about her beloved Australia for the world to read and explore. Annie was voted Author of the Year in 2014 in the AusRomToday.com Readers’ Choice Awards, and Best Established Author in 2015.
Your new book, Her Outback Cowboy (Prickle Creek) was released on the 19th of June, 2017. What was the inspiration for the story?
We have visited a cattle and wheat property out in the Pilliga Scrub since our children were small. We fished for yabbies and cooked them on a fire, we swam in hot water pumped from the underground, and I learned many things about the outback environment from fabulous yarns around the campfire at night. Many of these yarns and outback legends will make an appearance in the rest of the Prickle Creek Series of books.
But the inspiration for Her Outback Cowboy (Prickle Creek) came from a true story. On our recent visit we called into see the friends who owned the huge property, and I recalled the story they had told me twenty years ago about how they fell in love. Their story was one of pure romance, and as I listened to them and saw how much they were still in love, thirty years after—let’s call her Helena— had moved from London to be with her Aussie outback cowboy, this story was born. I used that romance for Lucy’s grandparents background. This sweet story of first love also explores shows the importance of family.
This is your 28th book! What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?
Indigo de Vargas in Winter of the Passion Flower (The de Vargas Family Book 1)…strong, sassy, determined! But underneath all of that…a lack of confidence!
When did you start writing and what was the catalyst?
Six years ago I made a huge decision to leave my established career as a high school principal. I followed my lifetime dream and began writing and I have produced quite a few books in that time. I guess, truth be known, I worked hard to make up for the massive career change
What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
Annie Seaton’s writing is lyrical and emotive and her characters real and warm. I’m loving this series. (the Affairs’ series) I just wish her writing could keep up with my reading!
What is your favourite love story of all time, either book or movie?
Katherine by Anya Seton. The true love story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt in the fourteenth century.
Blurb for Her Outback Cowboy (Prickle Creek)
The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.
After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.