After setting almost all of her novels in her adopted home of chic, cosmopolitan Melbourne, a series of stories popped into Ally Blake's head one day. A series about the Kelly family living and loving in the city in which she grew up. To tell us about her ode to Brisbane here's Ally!
Brisbane is a city with a young heart. When I think of her I picture myself sitting on South Bank, the glittering skyline looming, traffic rushing silently across the riverside expressway on the other side of the river. I think of sitting on my old balcony in the western suburbs looking out over lush green hills dotted with terracotta rooves of beautiful old Queenslanders.
I think of her snaking river, silver and still in the moonlight. I think of the warm golden beaches only a stone's throw away. The coffee shops on every city corner. Bike paths everywhere you look. And the weather. Ahhhh, the weather. Year round sunshine. I'm not kidding, it's bliss.
And I think of family.
But you know what? It's was a really strange thing writing about my home town. Especially when I haven't' lived there for almost ten years. Cruelly, she hasn't remained as I remember her, waiting for me to one day return. Brisbane has changed. Favourite restaurants have closed down, shopping precincts that were once cool are now passé, and even street names have disappeared into the cavernous blur that is my memory. But that has given me the chance to rediscover Brisbane in a new way, and more great excuses to head on up to visit my gorgeous family!
And now that I've started writing about the fabulous and formidable Kelly family and their place in the beautiful Brisbane landscape, I'm not sure where I'm going to stop! Dylan and Cameron's brother and sister - and their friends - have all clamoured to the surface of my sub conscious, begging for stories of their own. Now my only concern is who will be the next to fall in love?
I even dedicated my current book, GETTING RED-HOT WITH THE ROGUE to the city itself. Here's what I had to say!
To beautiful, sunny Brisbane.
The city which gave me my first crush, first kiss, and first love.
Homesick much??? Maybe a teenty tiny little bit ;).
DATING THE REBEL TYCOON is out now in Australia and New Zealand as a Sweet Romance and is still available as a eBook from eHarlequin.com. Check out Ally's eBook page here, where eight of her backlist books are now available!
Read more about the Kellys of Brisbane at Ally's website today!