From one of Australia’s Queens of Romance comes the debut in a brand new YA series about secrets, strengths, and what lies beneath the surface.
Jasmine Thomas may not be completely normal, but she’s a pretty typical seventeen-year-old girl. She hates the rich mean kids, loves her best friends, and can’t wait to get out of school each day. Her spare time is spent at The Ring — a boxing gym where she practically grew up — learning karate, boxing and street fighting. So, yeah, Jaz can kick some major butt.
Life seems pretty normal until the day Ryan Fletcher enters her gym…mysterious and hot with heaps of bad boy charm. Sure, she checks him out. Who wouldn’t? But what doesn’t show on his gorgeous abs are secrets and lies that dominate his very grown-up world. Now Jaz has to figure out just how far she is willing to go to know more. Could Ryan really be offering the life-fulfilling life path she’s always dreamed of?
Fiona Palmer has been writing bestselling rural stories for years and is now indulging in her love of YA. It’s not a big change considering she already writes about strong women who fight for what they want. She is a full-time writer and mum from rural Western Australia. Her two kids remind her often that she’s not seventeen anymore but writing at least lets her relive it.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Back into the past, to visit lost loved ones and special moments. I’d rather experience the future as it comes.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
To tell stories and to write books I would like to read.
If you could jump into a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Vampire Academy. I’d like to learn how to fight like Rose. (and maybe find my own Dimitri)
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Maybe Italy for the coffee and food. I just recently got back from Italy and I loved Venice. It was everything I dreamed it would be and more. We also stayed in Montone, Umbria, which was also gorgeous. I’d go back in a heart beat.
But truthfully there is no place like home.
What is your favorite Quote?
Always live on the bright side of life.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A V8 supercar driver or to join the Army.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Just keep writing.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Chocolate!!! I can’t help it!
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Get up around 6.30am. Sort kids out for school, they catch the bus, I go for an hour walk, then do housework, water vegie garden, check emails, facebook and then start to write if nothing else needs doing (any community jobs etc) then kids get home at four, sort them out and then start dinner, and bed before 9.30pm.
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
By the fire with a hot drink, ugg boots and a book.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I raced speedway cars from when I was 16 till I was 22.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
Music in the background. Helps keep me motivated and also can set the scene. Just like with a movie.
What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?
Procrastination. I hate sitting down to a blank page. But once I get going it’s not so bad. So I make myself a goal of at least 1000 words a day to help kick me into gear.
What drew you to writing this genre?
I’m a big reader of YA and NA, so it seemed like a natural progression to write my own stories.
What is your favorite scene in your book – The Recruit?
When Jaz takes on five men and is fighting for her life. Not long after Ryan comes to her rescue and sews up her cut.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
Seeing the cover concepts and Escape Publishing have done wonders with The Recruit. I love it.
This or That
TV or Movies? Movies
Black or White? Black
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird
Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
Horror or Romance? Romance
Pizza or Pasta? Pasta
Skittles or M&Ms? Skittles
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Summer or Winter? Summer
City or Country? Country
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Planning Ahead
PC or Mac? PC
Beach or Pool? Beach
Shoes or Sandals? Shoes
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Apples or Oranges? Oranges
Heads or Tails? Tails
Text or Talk? Text
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert