All My Books Have Strong Australian Settings: Read a Q&A with The Model Wife Author, Tricia Stringer

All My Books Have Strong Australian Settings: Read a Q&A with The Model Wife Author, Tricia Stringer

About the author:

Tricia Stringer is a bestselling and multiple award-winning author. Her books include The Model Wife, Table for Eight, and the rural romances Queen of the RoadRight as RainRiverboat PointBetween the VinesA Chance of Stormy WeatherCome Rain or Shine and Something in the Wine. She has also published a historical saga; Heart of the CountryDust on the Horizon and Jewel in the North are set in the unforgiving landscape of nineteenth-century Flinders Ranges.

Tricia grew up on a farm in country South Australia and has spent most of her life in rural communities, as owner of a post office and bookshop, as a teacher and librarian, and now as a full-time writer. She lives in the beautiful Copper Coast region with her husband Daryl, travelling and exploring Australia’s diverse communities and landscapes, and sharing her passion for the country and its people through her authentic stories and their vivid characters.

For further information go to triciastringer.com or connect with Tricia on Facebook or Twitter @tricia_stringer

Buy a copy of The Model Wife here. // Read a review of The Model Wife here. 

The Model Wife is a multi-generational family story looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be. Can you tell us a bit more about the book?

Natalie King is at the core of this story. She’s a hard-working woman, loving mother and wife. At almost sixty, she’s become the glue that holds her family together but on a day when it seems everyone is taking her for granted several things happen – a past hurt surfaces bringing with it unanswered questions she’d rather not face, an old book of outdated marriage advice re-emerges to undermine her and it seems everyone in her family needs a piece of her. Natalie questions her life purpose and leaves home. How will her family cope and will Natalie find the answers she seeks or has this good woman been pushed too far?

What was the inspiration behind The Model Wife?

It’s never one thing. Several years ago I visited Lombadina, home of the Bard people. It’s a remote community on Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome in WA. I got chatting to a woman who lived by one of the most beautiful beaches I’d ever seen and I realised her love of her country and her issues of isolation were not dissimilar to country women in the remote rural areas of my home state, SA. Later I was reading an article on women and mid-life crisis and it made me wonder what that might look like for women in remote areas and Natalie came to life.

What do you hope the reader will take away from this book?

I always hope readers have escaped reality and been engaged in an enjoyable read but also that the issues are relatable, the characters live on for a while in their minds and that they’ve immersed themselves in the settings. I want it to be a 3D experience for them.

What is something that has really influenced you as a writer?

My country, Australia, and the mix of people who live here. All my books have strong Australian settings, it’s one of the things I get positive feedback about. I love the diversity of our landscape and our people and I enjoy bringing them together in stories.

What’s your daily writing routine like and what are you working on at the moment?

Routine! What’s that? For me it depends on what stage I’m at. I’ve just finished the first draft of next year’s book. When I’m writing a first draft I get ready to start work by eight am – breakfast, dressed, home jobs done, as if I’m going out the door to work, even though it’s only two steps to my office. Currently I’m doing lots of chats like this one about The Model Wife and preparing to go on the road and meet readers so I’m in a whirl of thoughts for edits on the latest book as well as thinking about author talks and interviews for the new release. I could still be in my PJ’s at lunchtime. The excitement of a new book release sends routine out the window!

 

 

 

 

 

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        Synopsis

        Even a good woman can be pushed too far...From bestselling author Tricia Stringer, this beautifully realised multi-generational family story looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be.Natalie King's life is full. Some might say too full. With her teaching job, a farm to run, three grown daughters who have not quite got a handle on things, a reserved husband and a demanding mother-in-law, most days she is too busy to think about whether she is happy. But her life has meaning, doesn't it? After all, she is the one person everyone depends upon.But when an odd gift from her mother-in-law - an old book in the form of stern and outdated advice for young wives - surfaces again, it brings with it memories she thought she had buried deep. Has this insidious little book exerted some kind of hold over her? Could it be that in her attempts to be a loving wife and mother, she no longer knows who she is?On a day when it seems everyone is taking her for granted, and as the ghost of a past betrayal rises, it becomes clear that even this good mother and model wife can be pushed too far ...
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        About the author

        Tricia Stringer

        After Tricia Stringer’s fortieth birthday party she still had two things left on her 'to do before forty' list – write a children’s novel and parachute from a plane. She gave up on the parachuting idea but not the writing and has since published several books. Queen of the Road was her first book with Harlequin and she is very excited that it went on to win the RWA Romantic Book of the Year for 2013 as well as be one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down in the 2013 Get Reading campaign.A country girl through-and-through, Tricia grew up on a farm on South Australia's, Eyre Peninsula. With a brief stint in the city for secondary education and teacher training she has always lived in rural communities and is currently not too far from the beach in the Copper Coast region of South Australia. Here she shares a rambling old farmhouse with her husband and assorted animals - only some of which are pets!Some people would think that being an IT coordinator, teacher, librarian, wife, mother and grandmother would be enough to fill your days – yet somehow Tricia still finds the time to write. Inspired to create local history stories for the children she taught, Tricia honed her writing skills via courses, classes and lots of practice. While awaiting the publication of those early children's books she began dabbling with an adult short story for a writing competition with a rural theme. The short story became a full length novel and went on to become the first of her rural romances.Tricia likes to create convincing characters in realistic situations. Her novels always have a rural setting and explore themes particular to Australian country life, which of course include romance - where would we be without a little romance in our lives! Her latest book, Riverboat Point, is her sixth rural romance.As for parachuting – she’s done that too. There’s something special about jumping out of a plane high over Queenstown, New Zealand. What a view!

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