Player Profile: Loretta Hill, author of The Girl in the Yellow Vest

hill, lorettaLoretta Hill, author of The Girl in the Yellow Vest

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.

9781742757377When you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An author?:

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.

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