Tell us about the location you chose for your SUNLOUNGER short story? I chose Venice because I think the setting forebodes of a tragic romance (whilst Venice is romantic, it also has a touch of sadness about it). And Bondi, Australia, because 97% of readers love the beach!
Have your books featured any exotic destinations? LUCY SPRINGER GETS EVEN features Sydney and Bali. The setting for WHAT KATE DID NEXT and STELLA MAKES GOOD is Sydney. CLAUDIA’S BIG BREAK is set in Brisbane and Greece, mainly Santorini.
If you could live anywhere in the world… I really like living in Sydney but if you twisted my arm, I could relocate to Tahiti, the Maldives or Bali. Anywhere by the ocean. I find water calming, hypnotic and inspiring. I won’t actually swim in it unless it’s 27 degrees Celsius, but I love looking at the waves crashing on the sand.
Which destination you’ve returned to the most times? Bali, because it’s sunny, the Balinese people are very friendly, the food is divine and the island is close(ish) to Australia. (Six hours flying time from Sydney.) I love the chaos of Legian and Seminyak and Ubud’s calm spirituality.
Ticket, passport, money and… Several Margaritas, suntan lotion and a stack of novels!
Favourite cuisine from around the world? Vietnamese, fresh seafood (not sure that qualifies as a cuisine, though.)
Favourite holiday cocktail? Apple Martinis and Margaritas.
What was your best or worst holiday romance? My worst holiday romance was when I was sixteen and holidaying with my family on Hayman Island, Queensland. I met cute Brad. We smiled at each other and played Ping Pong…I assumed (as you do) that he was going to be the great love of my life until I saw him kiss another girl at the beach. She was tall, tanned and had long blonde hair and a blemish free complexion. I cried for the remaining five days of our holiday, cursing my shortness and mousy brown hair. My parents quickly tired of my antics. Tragic. Brad didn’t know I existed and yet I was heartbroken! Always the optimist, the best holiday romance is still to come.