Friday Five: Sami Lee

Author: Sami Lee
First published with Escape: 2013
Favourite romance trope: Marriage of convenience
Ideal hero (in three words): funny, empathetic, thoughtful
Ideal heroine (in three words): strong, intelligent, resourceful
Latest book: Until He Met Meg


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

I enjoy writing female-centric stories about life, love and everything in between.

What was the best writing advice you ever received?

Allow yourself to write crap. The first draft is supposed to be messy, and once you accept that not every word you type will be golden (as if!) it frees you up to just write what comes to mind. It can always be edited later.

Which writers inspire you? Favourite books and authors? What makes them your favourite?

Oh there are lots, but in the romance genre I have to say one of my favourite all time authors is LaVyrle Spencer. She was able to bring to life the emotions of believable, realistic characters, and make you truly care about them. I love her attention to detail and I try to use that in my own writing. I also love Kristan Higgins, Barbara Hannay and the incomparable Jennifer Crusie.

AMLM_CoverLgeFavourite book covers? What draws your eye to a romance cover?

I think Escape knocked it out of the park with my cover for A Man Like Mike. I do tend to take a second look at any book with a handsome man and a baby on the cover! I also think the traditional romance cover of a couple in a romantic pose never goes out of style, especially if it evokes as sense of place that conveys a bit about the book’s setting.

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

Cooking. It’s another creative outlet for me, experimenting with different combinations of spices and other ingredients. Best done with a glass of wine and some music playing. 

22836From the bestselling author of A Man Like Mike comes a new contemporary romance: he can buy anything he wants — except the perfect woman to help rebuild his family.

Meg Lacy came to Sydney to chase her dream, but the dream is somewhat elusive, so she finds herself unemployed, uninspired and on the verge of giving up. A chance encounter with wealthy single father Bryce Carlton gives her a temporary reprieve: a job as a nanny to his headstrong eight-year-old daughter.

The arrangement is supposed to be short-term, an easy way for her to save money while she pursues her dream. But her heart doesn’t understand, and before long she is growing attached to her charge and falling in love with a man determined not to risk his heart a second time.

When his first marriage ended Bryce vowed to never become seriously involved with another woman, but Meg turns his house, his life and his heart upside down.

She is his daughter’s nanny, he’s not the right man for her, and there are a million reasons why their relationship shouldn’t be. Everything was going according to plan…until he meets Meg.

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December’s Got Your Holiday Reading Sorted

22837International bestselling author Rhian Cahill kicks off a steamy new holiday series about a very Christmassy company and the three directors who need more than a little mistletoe.

22838From Lee Christine, the critically acclaimed author of In Safe Hands, comes a tense, taut, urban romantic suspense about two lawyers, a high-profile divorce case and an attraction that even opposing counsels can’t shut down.

22836From the best-selling author of A Man Like Mike comes a new contemporary romance: he can buy anything he wants — except the perfect woman to help rebuild his family.

22835She came to Paris to forget about men, but the city of love has different plans for her…

22839And finally, one more Christmas title to really help you find that holiday spirit: A beautiful, uplifting holiday story from best-selling author Juliet Madison about a lonely writer, her grandmother’s ghost, a road trip, and twelve different Daves.

Have you caught up with the Sydney Housewives lately? Two titles release this month!

22818A strong man needs a strong woman, and Nella’s love is as strong as steel.

22817Sienna knows that she’s got a good thing going with her boyfriend, Charlie, but when he sets Sienna up with a very unusual gift accepting it will test all of their limits and the strength of their relationship.
(releases 18 December)