Christmas Earworms: In The Bleak Midwinter

In the lead-up to Christmas this year, the Escape authors take some time out to share their favourite Christmas earworms…

by Elisabeth Rose

I’m not a churchgoer but years ago my favourite thing at Christmas was Carols From Kings on ABC TV. Sometimes it was on on Christmas morning other times Christmas Eve. I’d turn the volume up and have those glorious choristers from King’s College Cambridge belting out the beautiful traditional Christmas hymns and songs. My husband put up with it but as the kids grew older I had to tone it down although my son did and still does, appreciate the singing, which is what I love about it. It’s hard to pick a favourite but In the Bleak Midwinter is beautiful with those angelic boy soprano voices soaring to the top of the church. I’d love to hear this choir in a big resonant space!

but I loved the big chorus sing-a-long favourites like ‘The First Nowell’

Then disaster struck and the ABC stopped broadcasting it. I went off and bought myself a double CD of traditional Christmas songs but it’s not the most popular CD when the kids turn up for Christmas. They’ve developed their own tradition. My daughter and her cousin email each other to remind themselves to drag out Chris Rea’s Drivin’ Home For Christmas for the Sydney/Canberra trip and now we listen to all sorts of music interspersed with as many King’s College carols as I can sneak in.


31266 (1)A chance sighting leads to second chances – for hope, for family, and for love.

Five years ago, teenager Antonia disappeared. With no compelling evidence, the police eventually called her a run-away, and dropped the case. Her teacher, Jax, has always regretted not speaking up about the rumours she heard circling the school that day, but a random sighting at a train station raises the possibility that Antonia is still alive – and not too far away.

Antonia’s father, Connor has never given up hope that his daughter will be found and returned to her family. When her old teacher, Jax, calls him with a small spark of a lead, he seizes it with both hands, determined to chase it down.

But there’s more at play than simple teenage rebellion and the path Jax and Connor travel rapidly becomes more dangerous than either could have imagined, and opens up new possibilities that neither could have expected.

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Friday Five: Elisabeth Rose

Author: Elisabeth Rose1526
First published with Escape
: April 2013
Favourite romance trope: Fish out of water
Ideal hero (in three words): Dark, quiet, confident
Ideal heroine (in three words): Strong, independent, caring
Latest book: Find Her

What began your romance writing career? Why do you write romance?

I read an article about someone who collected romance books and thought ‘I could write one of those’. I’d always enjoyed reading romances and always liked writing but never seriously sat down to write a book. As I went along I discovered I really liked the psychological aspect of two people working their way through a thicket of problems to find each other. The happy ending is the prize and for me the most fun to write.

How do you write? What is your process like?

I start with the germ of an idea and I make it up as I go. No plotting, or the bare minimum, for me. I write chronologically and learn things about my characters along the way. I can’t write scenes from different parts of the book then stick them together because future events and actions are created by what the characters are doing at the time. I do begin to have an idea of what I want certain scenes to be like though.

What was the best writing advice you ever received?

Every page should have some question or some little surprise for the reader, to make them keep reading. I pick a page at random in my work as I go, and check.

If you could cast anyone for the movie/stage adaption of your book and characters, who would they be? (I would love to know why they are perfect for the role! Please include pictures!)

Elizabeth Rose (1)

Chinese actress Gong Li would be perfect for the role of my heroine Jacqueline Xue—Jax, an Australian of Chinese descent. Jax is a mature woman with a strong character.

Elizabeth Rose (2)

Sam Worthington has the large build and rugged outdoorsy look for hero, Connor.

Besides writing, what is something else that you’re really good at?

I did a performance degree on clarinet when I left school many years ago, and played in the Australian Youth Orchestra back in the seventies. I still play and teach the instrument. Thirty years ago I began learning tai chi and moved into instructing so I’m pretty good at that, too.

Tai Chi by the Orange River Namibia Elisabeth Rose


31266A chance sighting leads to second chances – for hope, for family, and for love.

Five years ago, teenager Antonia disappeared. With no compelling evidence, the police eventually called her a run-away, and dropped the case. Her teacher, Jax, has always regretted not speaking up about the rumours she heard circling the school that day, but a random sighting at a train station raises the possibility that Antonia is still alive – and not too far away.

Antonia’s father, Connor has never given up hope that his daughter will be found and returned to her family. When her old teacher, Jax, calls him with a small spark of a lead, he seizes it with both hands, determined to chase it down.

But there’s more at play than simple teenage rebellion and the path Jax and Connor travel rapidly becomes more dangerous than either could have imagined, and opens up new possibilities that neither could have expected.

 

 

Feed Your Reader: A Romantic Mystery

31266A chance sighting leads to second chances – for hope, for family, and for love.

Five years ago, teenager Antonia disappeared. With no compelling evidence, the police eventually called her a run-away, and dropped the case. Her teacher, Jax, has always regretted not speaking up about the rumours she heard circling the school that day, but a random sighting at a train station raises the possibility that Antonia is still alive – and not too far away.

Antonia’s father, Connor has never given up hope that his daughter will be found and returned to her family. When her old teacher, Jax, calls him with a small spark of a lead, he seizes it with both hands, determined to chase it down.

But there’s more at play than simple teenage rebellion and the path Jax and Connor travel rapidly becomes more dangerous than either could have imagined, and opens up new possibilities that neither could have expected.