A big rural welcome to ... Queensland author Heather Garside

Welcome Heather! Thanks so much for stopping by and answering my ten teaser questions.


Night-owl or early-bird?

I’m more of an early bird than a night owl. Having said that, I’m not usually up at the crack of dawn, either!


Death by chocolate or diet coke?

I would have to say chocolate. It would be death, too, as unfortunately my diet has to be mostly sugar-free these days. J What a pain!


One food you would never eat?

Insects of any kind! Apparently a delicacy in South America and Thailand.


What you wish your mother had told you?

How men’s minds really work.


One book everyone should read?

Since my mind has gone blank on this one, I’ll have to say Breakaway Creek.


Your ultimate hero (fictional or not)?

Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans


Your ultimate heroine (fictional or not)?

Cora, Hawkeye’s love interest from the movie, also makes a wonderful heroine


A hobby/bad habit that you spend way too much time on?

Playing Solitaire


Favourite line of dialogue from your recent release or WIP?

From Breakaway Creek:

‘When I heard about the job here, I pictured a pair of desperate and dateless hillbillies. Then I met you and that notion didn’t fit. Now you’re making me think again.’


Three lines from page 13, 113 or page 133 of your recent release or WIP?

From page 113 of Breakaway Creek:

George stopped and took her arm, turning her to face him. He looked very serious.

‘Be very certain if you decide to marry him, Emma. Because it will be difficult. If you’re not sure, you’d best forget him.’


Thanks so much Heather. It was an absolute pleasure to have you visit. And if the above Breakaway Creek teaser wasn't enough here is the whole fabulous book blurb:


Betrayed by her long-term boyfriend, Shelley Blake has fled the city to return to her home town. Her interest in a photograph of her great-great-grandparents is piqued by her family's reticence about the mystery couple, and a search for answers takes her to the cattle station Breakaway Creek.

Here she meets Luke Sherman, a man embroiled in the bitter ending of his marriage and a heart-breaking separation from his two small boys.

Shelley resists an instant attraction to Luke, as neither is ready for a new relationship.

And, while Luke struggles to reclaim his children, Shelley uncovers the truth about her ancestors, Alex and Emma.

A story of racial bigotry and a love that transcends all obstacles takes the reader back to the pioneering days of the 1890s.


Author website: www.heathergarside.com


Buy links:   http://clandestinepress.com.au/content/breakaway-creek




Now does anyone have their own teaser questions to ask Heather?

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Comments: 12
  • #1

    Louise Reynolds (Saturday, 29 June 2013 20:07)

    Hi Alissa and Heather. Lovely post! Your story sounds fabulous, Heather. I'll certainly head over to buy it.

  • #2

    Iris Blobel (Saturday, 29 June 2013 20:09)

    Great questions and great answers. I like the favourite line of a dialogue! And interesting blurb!

  • #3

    Cathryn Hein (Saturday, 29 June 2013 20:27)

    Had to laugh about the playing too much Solitaire, Heather. It's shockingly addictive, especially the Spider version. My new computer doesn't have any Solitaire games and I rather miss them. Not having any though has done wonders for my productivity!

    Wishing you all the very best with Breakaway Creek. Loved the quotes.

  • #4

    lily malone (Saturday, 29 June 2013 20:30)

    Hi Heather & Alissa - lovely post.
    Here's my teaser question:
    "Would the themes in your book be the same were it set in modern times? What would make it a different book as a contemporary?"
    Lily M

  • #5

    Heather Garside (Saturday, 29 June 2013 22:02)

    Thanks for your comments and good wishes, Louise, Iris, Cathryn and Lily. I'll have to get a computer like yours, Cathryn!

    As to your question, Lily - Breakaway Creek is a dual timeline story and both timelines have themes which are particular to the period. The present day story with its issue of a marriage breakdown and custody battle is very modern, which is not to say the same things didn't happen to a different degree in the 19th century.
    There is a racial issue in the 19th century story which could probably work in a modern story, but it would be unlikely in an Australian setting. I know it still happens in other countries and different ethnic groups. So to answer your question, if I wanted to set the entire story in contemporary times, I would probably change the location too.

  • #6

    Alissa (Saturday, 29 June 2013 23:43)

    Thanks so much Louise, Iris, Cathryn and Lily for stopping by! Hope you all are having a lovely sunny Sunday:)

  • #7

    Jennie Jones (Sunday, 30 June 2013 05:18)

    Heather - what's the name of your lovely horse?

  • #8

    Allison Butler (Sunday, 30 June 2013 23:40)

    Hi Alissa & Heather:)
    Jennie, that was my question LOL.
    Love your teaser questions, Alissa.
    Fabulous answers, Heather, especially your favourite line of dialogue and your ultimate hero, Hawkeye - I Will Find You! Congratulations on the release of Breakaway Creek. Can't wait to read it!
    Best wishes:)

  • #9

    Heather Garside (Monday, 01 July 2013 02:16)

    Thanks for visiting, Jennie and Allison. My mare's name is Whiskey. I didn't name her that - she was bred by my brother. :)

    And thanks for your congratulations, Allison. I hope BC lives up to your expectations.:)

    Last but not least, a huge thanks to Alissa for having me here!

  • #10

    Alissa (Monday, 01 July 2013 02:24)

    You are so very welcome Heather:)

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