Player Profile: Loretta Hill, author of The Girl in the Yellow Vest
by Jon Page - January 3rd, 2014
Tell us about your latest creation:
The Girl in the Yellow Vest. (Out Jan 2014) Set on the glorious Queensland coast, it’s all about falling in love with the wrong guy.
Where are you from / where do you call home?:
I’m from Perth and I still call this city home.
I have always wanted to be an author but I had a detour into engineering along the way. I think that’s why I’m so good at writing books set on construction
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
“The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots” will always have it’s own place in my heart as it was my first book published with Random House. But I really love, “The Girl in the Yellow Vest” and think it’s my best work yet.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
I have a study but I share it with my husband. So it’s rather messy and there’s stuff all over the place.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
My favourite author of all time is Georgette Heyer. But I enjoy books by Sophia Kinsella, Judith McNaught, Jane Green, Jane Costello, Monica McInerney and many more.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
Those written by Georgette Heyer.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
I’d be Elizabeth Bennet, pushing the boundaries of society.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
Run around after four kids.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
Coffee and Chocolate. Both together is also a winning combination.
Who is your hero? Why?:
My mum. She’s such a giving, kind soul.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
Finding the time to get to everything you want to read.