Today I’m excited to welcome Susanne Bellamy, Australian contemporary romance author.

Welcome to my blog, Susanne. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

2011 - headshotsI love travel—new places, new faces, different cultures and endless possibilities. I’ve cruised from Australia to Britain and back through the Suez Canal when I was a child, trekked in Nepal and Vietnam, lived briefly in Noumea, visited western Europe and west coast America among other places. Let me repeat—I love travel! And history.

People’s stories fascinate me. Past and present lives and relationships and the mysterious ways Fate works. Even how I met my husband—Fate. Wonderful and mysterious.

And so my stories explore people engaging with the mate that Fate created for them. And the wonderful and mysterious ways in which they meet. I should probably thank the flat-mate who locked me out of my new house years ago which led directly to meeting my husband. But that’s another story!

And one I’d love to hear someday 🙂 Do you have a passion other than writing? 

If Music be the food of love

Musicals and all that goes with them have been a life-long passion. My love for dance in its many forms began at the age of four. For the next thirteen years until I went to uni, I pirouetted and arabesqued, bent and stretched my body. I darned pink ballet stockings and dabbed metho on toes sore from being en pointe. I didn’t end up becoming a proper ballerina in a company but my love of dancing led me to challenge myself to learn new skills of directing and stage choreography when I stepped into the world of school musicals.

How long have you been involved in your passion?

King and IAs far back as I can remember my family used to watch musicals on television. The earlier ones in black and white featured Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald but big, brilliant colours and fabulous dance numbers were my favourites—‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, ‘An American in Paris’, ‘Gigi’; my list is very long. My father had a great voice and my mother could make costumes like a dream. (She used to work for a top London couturier). It seems natural that I followed a similar path, albeit as a passion rather than a career. Believe me, if I had a voice, I’d have chased the dream!

Wow, sounds like a talented family! What is it about musicals that brings a sparkle to your eye?

Wonderful stories, conflict that seems like it will never be resolved (but it almost always is) and music that stays with me long after the final notes die away. I think musicals have much in common with romance writing in their structure, especially the ability to take me away on a magical journey for two hours. Their protagonists, as with romance novels, must deal with conflicts and obstacles on the way to attaining their HEA, and they sing (and dance) some of the finest musical numbers written while on that journey. Of course, there are bittersweet moments for major and secondary characters too. Maria loses her love in the 1960’s New York set Romeo and Juliet tale, ‘West Side Story’. Often, though, it is the poor secondary characters who fail or fall along the way; Tuptim in ‘The King and I’, Liat in ‘South Pacific’. Their failure to hold onto love or their lover creates a poignant contrast to the main love story.

Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while involved in your passion?

On the final night of our production of ‘The King and I’, we set the stage for the big death scene. Wives and children filled the stage and the atmosphere was poignant as the king’s big finale approached. Then the bed leg broke.

However, in true show biz tradition the show must go on. Several of  the young and enthusiastic backstage crew crawled underneath and held the bed up on their backs. I admire the young man who played the king of Siam for his steadfast playing of that scene while the bed beneath him rocked. He didn’t miss a beat.   

Ha! Classic! 

You have a new release out in a couple of days – would you like to tell us about it?

EngagingTheEnemy_FinalcoverMy next release is Engaging the Enemy which releases on 1 August.

One building, two would-be owners and a family feud that spans several generations: all relationships have their problems.

 Andrea de Villiers can’t lie to save herself. But when developer, Matt Mahoney, buys the building she and a friend have established as a safe house in the Melbourne CBD, she decides that protecting The Shelter is more important than her aching heart. She will confront Mr Mahoney, and she will emerge victorious. There are no other options.

But Matt has other plans for Andie, and she soon finds herself ensnared in a web of well-meaning lies and benevolent deceit. To protect the building and the families that depend on her, Andie agrees to play the part of Matt’s fiancée, and play it convincingly.

But lies soon bleed into truth, and what was once a deception starts to feel all too real. Can Andie accomplish her goals and protect The Shelter, without losing her heart to the charming Irish developer?

You can purchase Engaging the Enemy at the following places:

Escape: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857991768#popup

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com.au/Engaging-The-Enemy-Susanne-Bellamy-ebook/dp/B00LGDXHZA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404452861&sr=8-1&keywords=9780857991768

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/engaging-the-enemy/id895324558?mt=11

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780857991768

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/engaging-the-enemy-5

Thanks for being my guest today, Susanne and good luck with Engaging the Enemy!

You can find Susanne through these links:

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