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I’m so pleased to welcome author Amy Andrews to the blog, all the way from down under! Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling, Aussie author who has written eighty-plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. Her books bring all the feels from sass, quirk, and laughter to emotional grit and panty-melting heat. For many, many years she was a registered nurse which means she knows things–anatomical things–and she’s not afraid to use them! She lives in a pretty little coastal town where she gets to look at the ocean all day and indulge her newest obsession–hunting for sea glass!
N: Welcome to the blog, Amy! I’m so delighted to have you visiting today. So, what inspired you to start writing?
A:I was temporarily unemployed and freezing my butt off in the UK figuring out a way to not get off my electric blanket while I waited to hear back from potential employers, when I thought, I’ll write that book that’s in my head. Cue a startled blink—I had a book in my head???
Can you tell how much I don’t like being cold, lol 😊
N: What comes first—the plot or the characters?
A: That very much depends on the book. I’ve had it happen both ways. It’s probably more likely character but not always. In my new release, I knew I wanted to write a flying doctor book before I had a real sense of the characters.
N: Your new medical Romance with Harlequin, Nurse’s Outback Temptation, just released—that’s so exciting! The book is part of Harlequin’s Medical Romance series, whose call line is “Life and love in the world of modern medicine.” I know you were a registered nurse for a long time—how do you bring that experience to your books?
A: Thank you—I’m very excited to be releasing another medical after a 4-year hiatus.
My nursing background definitely helps to inform the medical detail in the book. It also infuses an authenticity, I hope, about the medical moments that might only be subtle but really helps ground the readers in the scene.
N: Give me three words to describe your hero, Aaron; three words to describe your heroine Chelsea.
A: Aaron is pragmatic, grounded and knows what he wants (and doesn’t). ,
Chelsea is in full flight. She’s professional, friendly but guarded.
N: How much of you is in your character Chelsea?
A:Not a lot in as far as her internal makeup but in a big picture way, she’s a nurse who’s worked in ICU and comes from the UK both of which I have also experienced.
N: Is it hard to write the medical parts of the story without getting too technical? Seems like that could be an occupational hazard.
A: Yes and no. I worried about that in the beginning. And getting the balance between the romance and the medical right. But after 30 odd medicals, I barely think of it now. Some books are naturally more medical heavy whereas others are quite medical-lite. I try to always keep the jargon and the detail basic, just enough to add a touch of the “world” without a reader needing to put the book down to go look something up. I’m a huge consumer of medical drama TV shows so I try to keep my terminology in line with the common vernacular of these shows for a degree of subliminal familiarity.
N: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell your readers about?
A: I’m just finishing edits on my 8th Sydney Smoke rugby book—Playing It Tough. It’s out Nov 14th and I can’t wait to have another out in the world!
N: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
A: I have developed an absolute obsession with sea-glass hunting so most afternoons you can usually find me at the beach, head down, trying to spy the dull tumbled sheen of old glass.
N: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Gosh—a lot of things but never a writer 😊 A kindy teacher and a hairdresser were probably my staples.
N: Favorite book when you were a kid?
A: I don’t know if I had a fav book as a child, like one I obsessed over. But I adored the Anne books and with hindsight, I’d have to say Charlotte’s Web which still makes me bawl every time I read it!
N: And here is my signature question that everyone loves: If you could choose three people, living or dead, to invite to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
A: 1. My mum – just to see her one last time would be amazing. She died 11 years ago and I miss her so much.
2. Michelle Obama – because she’s smart and classy and I reckon would be super fun after a cocktail or two!
3. George Clooney – because…George Clooney 😊 Although, he could bring his wife too because I have a huge girl crush on her!
Nurse’s Outback Temptation
When nurse Chelsea lands in Australia, her plan is simple: to leave the heartbreaking reason why she can’t call London home anymore on the plane and start over.
Yet when Chelsea is introduced to far-too handsome flight doctor Aaron, it’s clear that her “new start, no romance” vow is already at risk! All Chelsea wants is a summer free from her painful past…
But could a summer of love with Aaron be what she really needs?