Genevieve Gannon is a Melbourne-based journalist and author. Her writing was first published in the St Monica’s Primary School newspaper, The Monical, in the form of a mince pie recipe she completely made up. She lifted her standards of journalistic integrity and wrote stories for music and fashion street press magazines while at university before moving to Canberra to do a journalism cadetship. In 2011 she joined the national news wire, Australian Associated Press, where she covered crime, politics and entertainment. Her work has appeared in most major Australian newspapers including The Age, The Australian, and The Daily Telegraph. She currently lives in Melbourne where she is a court reporter. At night time she writes romantic comedies. Aside from Chasing Chris Campbell, her debut novel is Husband Hunters. You can find Genevieve on Facebook and Twitter. (Bio courtesy of Genevieve's website.)
Synopsis of Chasing Chris Campbell:
Violet is saving money: living on rice and beans and denying herself chocolate eclairs all in the name of saving for a home deposit. Once they save enough, she and Michael can buy a house, settle down and live happily ever after. But when Michael does the unthinkable, Violet is forced to rethink her life choices.
A chance encounter with Chris Campbell (first love, boy-next-door, The One That Got Away) spurs her into travelling to exotic locations she never dreamed she'd explore - Hong Kong, Vietnam, Varanasi - on a quest to catch up with Chris and lead a life of adventure. Armed with hand sanitiser and the encouraging texts of her twin sister Cassandra, will Violet find true love before it's too late? Or will the nerve-wracking experience of travelling send her back to Melbourne in search of safety and stability? Can she work out what she really wants before she is left with nothing?
Who will be there?
We have invited Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, who spent three months living in India, and three months in Indonesia. She and Violet would have a have to talk about! We're also inviting Hollywood actress Amy Adams, who, like Violet, had an accidental travel adventure while filming the romantic comedy Leap Year in Ireland. Like Amy, Violet found herself in all sorts of scrapes as she scarpered around Asia chasing after "The One." (And PS: How great is Amy Adams? She should be invited to everything, always.)
Before Violet set off on her adventure, all she wanted was to settle down with her boyfriend Michael. She rarely went to bars, and almost never went clubbing. But her big adventure changes all that, and Violet loves to dance. So we've booked out Ms. Collins in Melbourne. (On Collins Street, in honour of publisher HarperCollins.)
What's on the menu:
Salad, salad and more salad. After eating only curries in India, and constantly getting food poisoning, all Violet wants to eat is fresh, leafy food!
Your evening entertainment:
In Varanasi, Violet has an encounter with a snake charmer, so we're hiring some of those, and some fire eaters like the ones she saw at the night markets in Goa.
Check out the scenery:
Bollywood theme! The party is going to be an explosion of beautiful colours.
Thanks to Genevieve for a lovely celebration and for sharing her book with our readers.
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