The Be Mine: Valentine Novellas to Warm The Heart is a collection of romance novellas for Valentine’s Day. Starting with low heat, and rising to steamy!
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Maryanne Ross is an award winning author who works as a speechwriter and communications manager for a major Aboriginal organisation and previously worked in media and communications for Parks Victoria (National Parks). She is currently writing novels featuring historical romance and gothic crime (not in the same book).
Your story in the Be Mine Valentine Anthology is “How (Not) to Make a Grandchild”. What was the inspiration for the story?
Well I don’t have a grandchild as yet – and yes I’d adore one! I remember the first time I mentioned that to my children. My daughter said in horrified tones, ‘Mum, I’m only seventeen!’ In writerly fashion I began to imagine all the ways I could help things along a little…and Lilac Loveday popped into my mind, complete with pratfalls, a thriving landscape gardening business, two adult children and a heart open to finding love. Writing Lilac had some great lessons for me, including ‘value your children just as they are’.
You’ve published a rural crime as well as crime and romance stories in various anthologies. Which main character would be the most embarrassed to get a public Valentine’s gift, and why?
Hmm. Harris MacAulay in How (Not) to Make a Grandchild is a mature man who has built a construction empire, brick by solid brick, but was unable to save his wife. Lilac does give him a surprise Valentine’s Day present, involving attitude and a sassy outfit. I’m not sure if Harry would be embarrassed, but I think Lilac might!
What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day gift?
A grandchild? Perhaps not! Our children are busy establishing themselves in their careers. I’d love a surprise weekend at one of our beautiful beaches in south west Victoria with my partner.