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A Sunset in Sydney by Sandy Barker - Book Tour



A Sunset in Sydney
How far would you go in the name of love?


Sarah Parsons has a choice ahead of her. After the trip of a lifetime she’s somehow returned home with TWO handsome men wanting to whisk her away into the sunset.
Pulled in two directions across the globe, it’s making life trickier than it sounds. Her gorgeous American, Josh, wants to meet Sarah in Hawaii for a holiday to remember. Meanwhile silver fox, James, plans to wine and dine her in London.
It’s a lot to handle for this Aussie girl, who had totally sworn off men!
Join Sarah after her adventure in One Summer in Santorini, for the heart-warming and uplifting third novel in The Holiday Romance series.

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Author Q&A

1.        What is your favorite genre to read?I read a lot within my own genre, contemporary romance, but I also love an epic historical novel and, to truly escape, I will read crime thrillers. Michael Connelly, Nicci French, and Kathy Reichs are all fave authors!
2.       What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
There always comes a point while I am writing the first draft―usually close to the end―when I think the book is rubbish. Self-doubt, imposter syndrome―whatever it is, it happens every time. I get over it, but I will have to leave the writing for a few days and come back to it fresh.

3.       What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I can write pretty much anywhere. Once I am in my head and the characters are ‘living and breathing’ up there, I could be in the middle of a noisy cafĂ©, or on a beach, or sitting in the living room while my partner plays video games, and I am so absorbed that the noise isn’t a problem.
For editing, however, I need silence or the sound of the ocean or rain, which I will play on a loop on Spotify.

4.       If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
That travel fiction is a legitimate genre. When I first started writing seriously, my (former) agent had great difficulty selling my first book. At that time, travel fiction was just getting a foothold, and I got a lot of ‘No’s because my book ‘read like a travel biography’. I am glad I stuck with it, but I had a lot of doubt about writing in that genre when I was starting out.

5.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?If I am writing regularly―I work full time, but when I am in writing mode, I will write 1-3 hours a day―it will take around three months. When I was on sabbatical in 2018, I wrote That night in Paris in four weeks, but that was writing fulltime. And editing will take another few weeks.
6.       Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?Read widely, seek feedback, be an active and genuine member of the writing community, hone your query letter and synopsis until they are the best things you have ever written, and never, ever, ever, ever give up.
7.       What is the first book that made you cry?The Thorn Birds. I read it for the first time when I was 12 or 13 and I read it about five more times after that. It is a brilliant piece of fiction and it imprinted on me in a way that has impacted my personal and author life. I genuinely believe that when two people love each other they should move heaven and earth to be together. #hopefulromantic
8.       Have you ever met anyone famous?
I met Hugh Jackman when he was at drama school and I was studying on the same campus. The first time I saw him onstage, he was in full age makeup and within seconds, his performance had me reaching for the program so I could learn his name. He was commanding, brilliant, and incredibly sexy―even dressed as a sixty-year-old. I turned to my friend and whispered, ‘He’s going to be wildly famous.’ In real life, he was―and apparently still is―a really nice guy―charming, genuine and, yes, super sexy―like super.

9.       What are your top 5 movies?
Because I write romcoms, I am going to give you my top 5 in that genre.
1.       When Harry Met Sally―hands down the most perfect romcom ever made
2.       French Kiss―hilarious and so romantic
3.       The Proposal―oh, my god―that scene where they bump into each other!
4.       How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days―a silly premise, but kind of brilliant, especially the performances
5.       Overboard (the original with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell)―always makes me laugh out loud and always makes me cry at the end



Author Bio –
Sandy Barker is an Australian writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list and a cheeky sense of humour. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob.
Many of Sandy’s travel adventures have found homes in her writing, including her debut novel, a contemporary romance set in Greece, which was inspired by her true-life love story.



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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing and for being on the blog tour!

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