When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.
Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.
He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I spent years working in offices so I’m in the habit of being most productive at my desk at home. I get more done on rainy, gloomy days as I really dislike being indoors when the sun shines. I often take my laptop out into the garden during the summer although I don’t get as much writing done this way.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not rituals as such but as I work from home the essential household chores have to be done (feeding children, schools runs, laundry) but other than that, I’m usually head down while the kids are at school, just getting on with it. Since having children, I’ve learnt to use the little time I have without them very efficiently!
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Tea and water – I drink many pints a day of both! And I graze throughout the day on the previous night’s dinner leftovers. I usually cook evening meals with that in mind so that I’m not living on toast throughout the day.
– What is your favourite book?
I have so many romance novels that I absolutely love that I can’t just pick one, so I’m going to go with The Big Wide Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga. It’s a children’s book and I have so many lovely memories of reading this to my own children when they were toddlers. I’m going to keep our dog-eared copy forever.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I might veer off into Romantic Suspense one day as I love reading this sub-genre.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not completely but I do use “elements” of people I know, or a person’s “essence”.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I used to because it made me feel like a writer, but now that I actually am a writer because I write all the time (rather than just make notes) I keep any story or character ideas in my head until I get to write them down on my computer. I found that my notes never sounded as good on paper as they did in my head when I wrote them down so I prefer to mull things over in my head until the idea sticks. If it doesn’t stick, then the idea wasn’t that great. I think Stephen King said something along the lines of “nothing immortalises bad ideas more than a notebook.” Not everyone agrees with this as everyone has a different way of working, but for me, this is certainly the case!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’ve not actually read any novels in these genres so I should try them before I say I don’t like them, but vampires, shape shifters, sci-fi and fantasy have never appealed to me, and I cannot stomach any horror or true crime whatsoever. I’m a big baby and I don’t like to feel scared or traumatised.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Julie James – she writes such fantastic dialogue between her hero and heroine. I aspire to be her.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
The Cook Islands. I travelled for a month there in 2008 and I’ve set Book 3 in the Take a Holiday series on Rarotonga, Aitu and Aitutaki. I have my travel diary, photos and memories of my time there but I’d love to go back to get an updated view of everything. I would also love my children to snorkel in the lagoons and eat juicy mangoes off the trees. They’d absolutely love it.
Thank you, Giulia Skye and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series.
Twitter handle; @giuliaskye