Amy AndrewsRomance writer Amy Andrews tells us why we don’t have enough romantic fiction in our lives. AWM chats to Amy about her latest novel The Heat of the Night and her advice to emerging writers to stick with it.

Amy Andrews is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written 40 contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She writes for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Escape, Entangled, Harper Collins and Momentum. To date she’s sold 1.6 million books and been translated into over a dozen different languages including manga. Amy spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two year term as president and after many years of unofficial mentoring of emerging writers has started a manuscript assessment business, Word Witchery, which specialises in romantic fiction. Amy loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany. Amy has just started a newsletter, subscribe to keep up with her updates.

How would you describe your book The Heat of The Night to someone at a party?

The Heat of the Night is a light, flirty friends-to-lovers read set in tropical north Queensland. Sun, sea, sand, secret crushes and hot summer nights!

Why was the character Claudia Davis fun to write?  

Claude was fun to write because she’s so delightfully, passionately earnest. What’s not to love about a quirky blonde with a penchant for The Love Boat?InTheHeatOfTheNight

What piece of advice do you wish you’d been given when you were starting out as a writer?

Be prepared for the long haul. There are a lot of opportunities out there today for writers to jump the gun and I understand how tempting that is but take the time to learn your craft and never put anything out there that you might later regret.

What is the next book on your must read list?

Lingerie For Felons by Ros Baxter.

In your opinion, why does the world need more romance fiction?

Romance fiction is empowering. Love forms the basis of all meaningful human connections and romance fiction celebrates this in all its many splendored glory.

Georgia Lejeune is currently studying a Masters of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Queensland, she previously obtained a Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology. Georgia is a freelance writer/blogger, actor, and circus teacher who likes Jane Austen novels and dislikes ironing, sultanas, and writing in the third person.


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