Inspiration Behind the Story – Georgie Tyler

Our Common Humanity

by Georgie Tyler

I watched a short film many moons ago and it got me thinking. Now when I say short, I mean very short. I think it was attached to a popular movie, Love Actually and rolled after the final credits.

Picture this. Two African women sauntering across a dry, cracked earth, each carrying a stack of sticks strapped securely to their backs. You get the idea that this isn’t the first or last time they’ll be taking this journey. In fact it’s a daily routine for them. They’re chatting in their own language and it’s subtitled for the English speakers of this world. While listening to their banter, I was captured and a little stunned, I’m embarrassed to say, because their discussion surprised me, and at the same time connected me to them. Why? Because they were commenting on their life, husbands, children, neighbours, community not much differently to what I do when enjoying a coffee or meal with friends.

Sometimes we forget the common humanity we all share, whether you live in a war torn, famine ravaged country or safely nestled away in a suburb of Sydney. It was one of the many factors that led me to write my debut romance Doctors Beyond Borders released in January, 2014. Ariadne Tate, a doctor with Medecins Sans Frontieres is eager to escape the world of work based gossip having been a prime target in Sydney and discovers that the same observations, elucidations and interpretations are made amongst the Sudanese medical staff about certain employees in Sudan as they are in temperate, laid back and flourishing Sydney.

Ariadne and Ford, the heroine and hero of my story and both doctors represent the many people in the world that dedicate months or years of their lives using their skills to help the afflicted and less fortunate. My ex-pat characters chose this path for many different reasons but the common thread is the desire to offer up their skills in active charity. I admire them. I applaud them. I wish in my younger years I had been more proactive like them. I’m so glad I penned a story around them that’s now available for others to read.

Kids and family are my priority at the moment, but maybe in my twilight years when my brood have flown the coup my passive assistance may transform into something more active. I’d like to think so as these people have the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us; the eradication of poverty, improvement in health and a better world for themselves and their children.


19910She’s about to find out that nothing is fair when it comes to war, except, the healing power of love.

When Ariadne Tate takes a deployment to Sudan with a medical aid organisation, romance is the last thing on her mind…but Dr Ford Gosden puts a glitch in her plans. Too damn attractive for his own good and a thoroughly nice guy, Ford slowly seeps under Ariadne’s skin.

But Sudan is not a stable place to form a relationship, and as political tension escalates in the region, Ariadne has no choice but to focus on her job and her safety. Under the protection of a UN convoy, she heads out into the war-torn countryside — and the unthinkable happens. Captured and held hostage by a renegade with no chance of escape, Ariadne’s hope for a new life with the man she loves begins to fade and the fight for her life begins.

Introducing Magic Realism Romance…Blog tour and giveaways!

A few months ago, we ran a competition on our blog to help us solve one of our most pressing dilemmas:

We have a group of stories that have a similar theme, but no current category that adequately describes them.

Behind the scenes, we call them our ‘woo-woo’ romances – those stories that recognise that there may be more to our world than what we can see and hear and touch, more to our world than can be adequately explained by science.

They are grounded in reality, but see more possibilities to our life.

They’re not paranormals; they’re not fantasy. They’re just…more.


We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response and the creativity of the suggestions, so much so that it’s taken us this long to finally come to a consensus and choose a name. We all had our favourites, and we were all willing to fight to the death to see our favourites win.

(well, maybe not to the death – we are, after all, a romance publisher. But we were very passionate!)

I’m so pleased to announce that the winner, and new sub-genre, is Magic Realism Romance!

Congrats to Helena, who will receive copies of each of the books in this category as a prize.

To help launch our new sub-genre, our magic realism authors are hosting a small blog tour this week, and each day a new author will talk a little bit about some aspect of MRR, and host a giveaway on their blog.

You can follow the blogs here (please note, these links won’t work until each of the posts go live at 9am on their day, so come back every day to get in on the giveaways!)

Monday: Escape hosts the authors, explaining what Magic Realism Romance is, and why they love it.

Tuesday: Juliet Madison gets poetic about Magic Realism Romance, and hosts newly published MRR Escape Artist Robyn Neeley.

Wednesday: Jacquie Underdown gets in the mood for Magic Realism Romance

Thursday: Sarah Belle knows there’s no place like home

Thursday: Katherine Givens and the magic of magic realism

Friday: The Romance Writers of Australia host our MRR authors, and offers a fabulous giveaway!