Author Interview with June Moonbridge
What I like most about being a writer is to get lost in completely different stories from my own and get those stories out of my head on a paper to share it with others. I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but you don’t wish to know what kind of dreams I had that time that I didn’t write. Geez…
What I like least about being a writer is – I still have to work for a living, to provide for my family along with my husband. I could make an excuse that I’m just at the beginning of my writer’s career, but… that’s life.
2) Your book “Racing Heart” revolves around F1. Are you a fan of Formula 1 racing and do you like driving fast cars?
Oh yes, I am fan of Formula 1 racing for a long, long time now. Perhaps I was bigger in the past when not so many rules that ‘killed’ the joy of watching the race were involved (like so many times changed the scoring), when not just the ‘old’ bunch of drivers were on the scene but also the leading teams’ men behind the whole thing.
As per driving fast cars – that too. Perhaps I was lucky enough to work for twelve years for a Renault dealer company and every time new or improved model came out – we had tryouts and comparison with all other cars too. I had driven in the past so many different cars I’m pretty sure I’m not able to count them all down.
One of my still unfulfilled wish is to be able to attend (read: afford ;)) the Aston Martin on Ice – Lapland – “a breathtaking opportunity to hone your skills on challenging courses under the expert guidance of our professional driving instructors’ – as is written on their official page – of which I’m a frequent visitor, I have to admit.
3) What inspired the story?
Formula 1 races inspired the story. I was attending San Marino Grand Prix in Imola years back, and somehow everything fitted together perfectly.
4) Did you have to do a lot of research for your book? How did you do it?
Hmmm… researches… Following the Formula 1 for a really long time and at one time I had also an idea to get the race into our country, I had studied the complete manuscript what was needed (then) to be able to apply for it, so I had – let say – basic insight into the thing. The other researches I did while I wrote – internet, books, news, even visited some of the places mentioned in the book. Not really important ones as during the years some of the races were taken out (like San Marino Grand Prix), some were taken out and put back in (like the one in Zeltweg – or as it’s know now: Red Bull Ring) … but some smaller one, that are just mentioned in it.
5) Any hidden talents or crazy facts about you?
Hidden talents: umm… no. Although my daughter would disagree with this; she thinks I’m some sort of grey witch. I always know when she does something wrong… (giggle) Well, looking this way, it can be taken as a crazy fact too.
6) What really gets your heart racing?
Seeing my son’s every day progress, no matter how small it is, knowing that my daughter is doing well, my OH’s love…
7) Tell us about the one thing you can’t write without.
Oops… not just one. There are two; coffee and music. As I’m basically for all my life more of a night owl and not an early bird (life tries to make me be one) I definitely need more than one MUG of coffee and when I actually sit down at the computer, I need background music. I can’t write in silence. Well, I can’t work in silence. When I was offered a job years back one of the reasons why I declined it was also the fact that I wouldn’t be allowed to listen to the music/radio/cd…
I can be silent (most people would disagree), but I need background sounds to be able to work or write.
8) Do you have any advice for (aspiring) authors?
Write when you have time and you feel like writing. Don’t be afraid if it happens that you don’t write a single word for a week. Don’t think of it as a writer’s block. I was reading all about it how you should be writing every day, how you should be writing every day at least one page, or a 1000 words, or… let say first draft in a month. To be honest with the way my life is turning there is no way I can do that. You have to be able to see your possibilities and write according to them.
9) What was the hardest part about writing your historical romance “The Lion’s Embrace”?
The hardest thing about writing Racing heart was getting back the notes from my editor. She did liked the story, but you know – it doesn’t matter how you’re ready for constructive criticism, it gets you… at least it got me for a few days. I reread it several times and only then I saw that the comments had its points.
10) What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on another contemporary romance far away from ‘professional sport’ and set in completely different culture. I’m hoping to finish it in a month or so… My deadline – till August is long gone, but as life is dynamic so must be my deadlines… Life and my son taught me that.
About the Book
When she meets Lorcan Shore, the Five Times F1 World Campion, their encounter is everything but ordinary. Out of pure fear for her life, she loses her temper and spits over everything he is absolutely certain he can do the best; how to drive.
Leaving him alone on Grand Corniche she is certain she would never see him again. But the next morning proves her being totally wrong. He was no quitter and no matter how she tries to run and hide, her heart desires at the end come back to the surface…
Will the man of her dreams be able to fulfil them all? Including the most important will he help her find her missing son?
About the Author
She studied economics, and quickly realised she hated it. Afterwards, she found herself working in mainly male businesses; at first in automotive and later - steel products productions. She can choose for you the best steel you need, but don't, please don't, ask her which lipstick to use.
She started to write in her high school and was negatively criticised by her teacher. Stubborn as she is that didn't stop her. Under different pen names for her stories she tried to get some independent opinions, which came back as good reviews in magazines and later she published three books.
Giving birth to two children, and learning that her second child has Autism, she married the father of them and continued to work. All that together took all of her free time. But the desire to write didn't die. When life somehow sorted itself out, she decided to write her novel in English and her first submission to Safkhet was rejected…
For what happened later… read third paragraph, second sentence.