With Christmas just around the corner, we've jam-packed this episode with TWO interviews. First up, we're featuring ABIA Winning Author Rachael Johns, alongside debut novelist, Sunni Overend who is set to make a splash into the writing world with her forthcoming novel, The Dangers of Truffle Hunting.
Read more about our guests here:
Rachael Johns Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of romance and women’s fiction, Rachael loves nothing more than sitting in bed with her laptop and electric blanket and imagining her own stories.
Rachael has finaled in a number of competitions, including the Australian Romance Readers Awards. Jilted (her first rural romance) won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance in 2012 and she was voted in the Top Ten of Booktopia’s Favourite Australian Author poll in 2013. The Patterson Girls won the 2016 Romance Writers of Australia RUBY Award and also the 2015 Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction.
Rachael lives in the Perth Hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training, two fat cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly behaved dog.
Sunni Overend's journey into publishing is not a typical one. From self-publishing her debut novel, March, to landing a two-book deal with HarperCollins, she's done it all. Kim chats to Sunni about what it was like becoming her own publisher before being an offered a contract by one of the biggest publishing houses in the country. They also discuss how Sunni's career as a graphic designer has helped her to create an author brand, making her very appealing to publishers.
Sunni is a graphic design grad, and the daughter of the late, award-winning children's author Jenni Overend. She worked briefly in creative advertising before building an online fashion store and concurrently wrote two women's fiction manuscripts. In 2013 she sold her online store and merged her areas of expertise to self-publish her first novel, March. Sunni lives in Melbourne with her husband.
Sunni's second novel, The Dangers of Truffle Hunting, is out late December 2016.
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