Trish Morey, author of Stone Castles
Tell us about your latest creation:
Stone Castles is a contemporary romance that spans New York City to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. My heroine, Pip Martin, returns home from her high powered job in NYC to say goodbye to her dying Gran in a small town on they Yorke Peninsula, but find that all the things she was trying to escape some fifteen years ago are still there – Luke, the former lover, the sense of betrayal, and the heartache of knowing she’d been denied the truth.
But when the truth is found, is it any more palatable than before? And does it make leaving again any easier? Especially when there’s still that thing simmering between her and Luke…
South Australia has always been my home, although I’ve worked in Canberra, Wellington NZ, and lived in the UK a while too. I’m back settled with my family in the Adelaide Hills now, though, and I love it. It’s a place that feeds your soul.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?:
Funny thing – I always fancied I could write – but people didn’t become writers. They had to have proper jobs. And so I got a proper job and became a chartered accountant and that was good too. I loved what I did. It was only after the birth of our second child that gave me the chance to step back from my career and actively pursue a career in publishing. I’m not sorry at all for the diversion. I think a writer’s eye can benefit with living a little life along the way. Nothing is wasted.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
This book. Stone Castles. Because it’s a book of my heart, a book that touches on my family and my history in a way no other book has or could have. It’s a book I dedicated to my father, who passed away in January this year, and so it’s a book with a huge emotional investment for me, and yet with such heart and soul and laughter, that I just love it. From the reviews I’ve seen so far, the readers do too!
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
It’s a disaster! Apart from the usual mess of papers, research and books, we ordered lighting for several rooms a few months back, before he electrician and builder disappeared from sight, so I have boxes piled up. But they’re behind me. In front of me is my computer screen and my character photos for my current story, so at a glance, I’m seeing them. And if I don’t look behind me, I can’t see the mess, so I’m happy. (I’d be happier if the electrician actually called and said he was ready to put those lights in…)
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
I love anything written with with and fun. Give me Kelly Hunter’s contemporaries, or Anne Gracie’s historicals or Carol Marinelli’s dark Russians. Yum!
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
I loved Little Women. It was the first book, apart from The Bible, I received as a gift at Christmas, and I adored it. I connected with the characters, even though it was an historical. I think it was a book that early on, taught me the power of the written word to connect with the reader, even though then I was too busy just lapping it up.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
Mrs Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Although to be fair, we only have four daughters, all of marriageable age. It’s still a worry. Can you help, please?
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
We’re currently in the process of updating our kitchen and laundry (we found another builder :)) and spare time is taken up with choosing tiles and taps. It’s a major distraction but after promising ourselves this for seventeen years, we’re so keen to get on with it now. It’s so much fun putting choices together and seeing what pops. Can’t wait to see the finished product!
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
Eggplant or aubergine is a big favourite of mine right now – it’s in season and it’s fabulous in ratatouille or in fritters or barbecued to smokey brilliance and whipped into a dip. So versatile. And as for drinks, I can never go past anything sparkling – from sparkling water to sparkling wine – I do love my bubbles!
Who is your hero? Why?:
My darling Dad, a jack of all trades and a master of them all and part of the inspiration for Stone Castles. Forever a hero.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
For authors to keep writing the books readers want to buy. If they do that, the success of book publishing in the future, in whatever format, is guaranteed. My money says there will always be good books and the readers out there just waiting to lap them up.
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