We're pleased to introduce Tess Woods, who is visiting Chick Lit Central from Perth, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two children, dog, and a cat who rules over all of them. She's here to talk about her debut novel, Love at First Flight. When she isn't writing, working as a health professional, or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and all kinds of granny-ish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea, watching Downton Abbey, and tending to the veggie patch. You can find her at her website and on Facebook.
Tess has an e-book of Love at First Flight for a lucky reader anywhere in the world! (Melissa A is about to start reading it and looks forward to discussing it with the winner.)
Synopsis of Love at First Flight:
A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.
"Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it."
What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?
Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.
What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.
Love at First Flight will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.
In one sentence, what was the road to publishing like for you?
It was long and windy with speed humps and detours.
What is something you learned from writing Love at First Flight?
I learned that it takes a village to write a book. It’s a team effort between author, literary agent, editor, publisher, friends who are your first readers and family to care for you. Writing is a lonely business but you need lots of support at the same time.
If you could cast actors as the lead characters in Love at First Flight, who would you choose?
Hugh Jackman as Adam, Rose Byrne as Mel and Orlando Bloom as Matt. What a dream combo they would be onscreen! I would love to cast my daughter, Lara, as Mel’s daughter Lily because the character is based on her.
My favourite things to knit are for my daughter to play with. I’ve knitted plenty of outfits for her Cabbage Patch and Barbie dolls and I especially love this little bunny I knitted for her.
What is the theme song for Love at First Flight?
The tone of longing in the story is captured beautifully in Three Doors Down’s “Here Without You.”
Tell us something funny or memorable that happened to you during a flight.
On the flight home from our honeymoon, I had been feeling sick in the tummy and I went into the plane toilet to see if that would help ease the tummy pain. I was in there for a while and getting quite embarrassed but when I finally came out, I felt so much better. I quickly went back to my seat on the plane and flopped down, telling my husband, as I sat, that I felt “so much better after doing a massive poo.” Turns out I wasn’t paying attention and had flopped down into the wrong seat and had just confessed that “massive poo” to another man, a complete stranger!
Thanks to Tess for visiting with us and sharing her debut novel with our readers.
How to win: Use Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you have trouble using Rafflecopter on our blog, enter the giveaway here.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Open worldwide. Giveaway ends April 14th at midnight EST.