Today I’m delighted to welcome Australian historical author, Heather Garside, to my blog.
Welcome Heather. Do you have a passion other than writing?
This is a difficult question as once I used to be passionate about many things, and now I don’t seem to feel the same degree of enthusiasm for anything. For many years I was a passionate sewer – I made clothes for my daughter and myself and dabbled in a bit of patchwork. Then I got back into writing and it was my driving passion. Another obsession that stayed with me throughout was for music, and there was a particular rock singer/guitarist/songwriter of whom I was an avid fan. I still love his music but in a much more low-key way. I also still do a bit of patchwork and crocheting and attend a craft group when I can fit it in. Another thing I really enjoy is doing crosswords, but that doesn’t strike me as a scintillating topic for a blog.
Aside from writing and our farm, the thing that interests me most is travelling, especially doing road trips within Australia. This suits hubby and me as he loves driving and I’m happy to be a passenger!
I love to travel too! How long have you been involved in your passion?
Off and on since our marriage, but mainly in the last ten years, since our daughter moved to South Australia. We’ve had many roads trips from Central Queensland to the Adelaide Hills and have taken a few different routes. The most memorable was when we drove the long way through central NSW and Victoria, via the Great Ocean Road. Another very enjoyable trip was when we took our camper trailer to Lawn Hill Gorge and camped there for a few days with my sister and her husband. We also drove around Tasmania a few years ago and loved it. Last year we explored the south-west of WA.
Very soon we are setting off to Adelaide again, and after spending time with our daughter, are driving to Uluru and Alice Springs and from there taking the Ghan to Darwin.
I’d love to do the Ghan trip one day! What is it about travel that brings a sparkle to your eye?
I love seeing new places and especially exploring pristine places such as national parks.
Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while travelling?
It was when we canoed up Lawn Hill Gorge. My sister and her hubby put their canoe in first and paddled off while we were still launching ours. My husband is a big man and my brother-in-law average-sized, while my sister is tiny, so as you can imagine our canoe was sitting very low in the water while theirs seemed to be skimming over the surface. By the time we had managed to catch them, with our canoe dragging in the water, we quite puffed. They thought it was most amusing to see the water almost lapping over the back of our canoe! But we made it the entire way up the gorge, and the trip was well worth the effort.
Ha! I can just picture that 🙂 Glad you made it anyway!
Can you share a photo of you indulging in your passion?
This is me hiking at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.
Finally, please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up on a cattle property in Central Queensland and now live with my husband on a beef and grain farm in the same area. We have two adult children.
I have previously published three historical romances and have helped to write and produce several compilations of short stories and local histories. The Cornstalk was a finalist in the 2008 Booksellers’ Best Award, Long Historical category, for romance books published in the USA. Breakaway Creek was a finalist in the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program and was released by Clan Destine Press in 2013. It is a rural romance with a dual timeline. My recent release is Tracks of the Heart, a collection of three short stories.
I work part time at the local library, at home on the farm and help produce a local monthly newsletter, amongst other voluntary activities.
Would you like to tell us about your latest release?
Three short stories will take you on journeys of terror, heartbreak and a woman’s tentative struggles to reclaim her identity.
Playing with Fire: Lisa is forced to revisit a tortured love affair when she recognises her companions on an outback train journey – an ill-fated family from her past.
Bushwhacked: Brittany’s quest for adventure on an isolated cattle station goes horribly wrong when she and Scott, the head stockman, are abducted on a lonely county road.
Coming Home: Kirsty leaves a destructive marriage to return to her parent’s cattle station, but has to contend with her father’s new manager – the boyfriend she deserted years before in favour of the city.
Those stories sound great!
Thanks for being my guest today, Heather and good luck with Tracks of the Heart!