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Quintette of Questions: Vikki Holstein

Today I’m asking Vikki Holstein 5 questions about her new book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

Breaking Storm went through a few name changes before my editor suggested the name should reflect one of the elements that weave throughout the book. As soon as she suggested Breaking Storm, I knew it was the perfect title.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

I’d pick Ryan Corr as Ethan, and Margo Robbie as Kelsey.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Emotional. Uplifting. Challenging. Tender. Intense

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

I’d have to say Eve Dallas and Roarke from J.D Robb’s “In Death” series. I love the growth between them throughout the series, and the way they each handle the challenging dynamics of their life together.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

I had Yours by Russel Dickerson on repeat while writing a lot of Breaking Storm. It worked for both Ethan and Brian, but is mostly Brian’s theme song.

About Breaking Storm

Kelsey’s sole purpose in life is to keep four-year-old Pipa safe. Conceived in a violent, drug-induced rampage, Pipa is being hunted by the man responsible. He wants her dead, and no matter how far Kelsey and Pipa run, the brewing storm is never far behind.

Protection lies in Kelsey’s hometown of White Wattle Creek in the form of Ethan, the man who’d always been her safe place. The one she loved. And the one who broke her heart. But she not only has Ethan to face when she returns. The emotional abuse of her past and the truth surrounding Pipa’s existence both rain down on her from the clouds gathering overhead.

When Kelsey finally opens her heart to Ethan, her nightmares tip over into reality, and with Pipa’s future hanging in the balance, Kelsey must find the strength within to fight for their right to happiness… before the storm breaks.

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About Vikki Holstein

Vikki Holstein is the author of Breaking Storm, the first book in her romantic suspense series, ‘White Wattle Creek’. 

An avid reader from a young age, Vikki often escaped into other worlds and lives, and discovered romance novels at the age of fourteen. She devoured romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, and anything else she could get her hands on until the year 2000, after her third child was born, and she decided to write what she hadn’t found in any book yet. A story like her own.

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, her writing reflects the courage it takes to trust again, and the struggle to forgive ourselves on the journey to finding love, peace, and happiness. Her stories invariably feature horses as they were an integral part of her survival as a child and teenager.

Now a wife, mother, and storyteller, she lives in central Victoria, Australia, with her husband and herd of animals. When not writing, she spends time with her horses, helping her husband on his latest renovation project, reading, or gardening.

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So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.

Quintette of Questions: Margaret Walsh

Today I’m asking Margaret Walsh 5 questions about her latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest book is Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Perplexed Politician.  It was very hard to pick a title, because everything else I came up with pretty much gave away the plot of the book.  In the end I polled several variations on Perplexed Politician (Puzzled Politician etc) amongst friends and Perplexed was the favourite.  So I went with that.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

David Tennant as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Sheen as John Watson.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Murder. Mayhem. Mystery. Sherlock Holmes.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, naturally.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

“The Mummer’s Dance” by Loreena McKennitt.  I listened to it a lot when I was writing the book.  The song always makes me think of the otherworldly eeriness that is a hallmark of the English county of Wiltshire, which is where the book is set.

About The Case of the Perplexed Politician

When the fiancé of the sister of a Member of Parliament is found dead in mysterious circumstances, the man turns to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson to get an answer to the puzzle. Journeying to the small Wiltshire village of Barrow-upon-Kennet, Holmes and Watson are soon deep into a murder investigation. With few clues and a mounting death toll, Holmes and Watson realize that they are facing something much more sinister than a perplexed politician.

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About Margaret Walsh

Margaret Walsh was born Auckland, New Zealand and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Sherlock Holmes and the Molly-Boy Murders and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Perplexed Politician, both published by MX Publishing. 

Margaret has been a devotee of Sherlock Holmes since childhood and has had several Holmesian related essays printed in anthologies and is a member of the online society Doyle’s Rotary Coffin.  She has an ongoing love affair with the city of London.  When she’s not working or planning trips to London. Margaret can be found frequenting the many and varied bookshops of Melbourne.

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Quintette of Questions: Paul Collins

Today I’m asking Paul Collins 5 questions about his latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

James Gong: The Big Hit was initially written as The Big Hit. Then I figured I might write this character into a series. A series needs a tag line so I decided to use the character’s name.

If the publisher commissions a sequel, it’ll be James Gong: The Chinese Dragon. I’ve already written a rough draft of the sequel.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Definitely Bruce Lee as James. His love interest would be Winona Ryder. His sister, perhaps the girl who plays Alaska in Looking for Alaska: Kristine Foseth.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Action. Martial arts. Plot driven.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

Hugo Montenegro’s version of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. It gets played in the martial arts film that James Gong stars in.

About James Gong: The Big Hit

James Gong is training for his black belt in taekwondo. One night a camera crew from Hollywood Productions turns up at training for an episode of My Life, only to see James at his most ornery aggressiveness. They love James’ jumping spinning sidekick, and decide to star him in a small budget flick. Trouble is, Hollywood Productions is a scam company that basically produces B grade ‘loser’ movies to offset huge tax bills.

Meanwhile, James, who likes his sister Caitlin’s best friend, Amber, thinks his sudden film career will curry favour. Not so. If anything, Amber shuns him more.

Hollywood Productions may want to lose money, but underestimates their star.

James Gong: The Big Hit book trailer.

For ages 9 to 13: teacher’s notes available online.

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About Paul Collins

Paul Collins has written many books for younger readers. He is best known for his fantasy and science fiction titles: The Jelindel Chronicles and The Quentaris Chronicles ─ co-edited with Michael Pryor. His trade series The Earthborn was published in America by Tor.

Paul has been short-listed for many awards and has won the Inaugural Peter McNamara A Bertram Chandler, Aurealis and William Atheling awards. He has two black belts in martial arts and was a kickboxer trained by Dana Goodson, then Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion of Australia.

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So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.

Quintette of Questions: Anne Buist

Today I’m asking Anne Buist 5 questions about her latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

Titles are so hard! The Long Shadow just seemed to fit all my criteria; suggestive of its rural location which is a big player in the book, as well as the psychological implications that are also apt.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

  • Margo Robbie as Issy
  • Clive Owen as Dean
  • Jessica Mauboy as Teagan
  • Nicole Kidman as Sophie
  • Saorise Ronan (with weight added) as Róisín
  • Leila Hatami as Zahra
  • Kathy Bates as Kate
  • Leo McKern (he played Thomas Ryan in Ryan’s daughter) as Conor
  • Robert de Niro as Joe
  • Jack Nicholson as Gordon
  • Lauren Bacall as Grace Barclay

This was so much fun I could keep going but maybe this is enough!

3. What five words best describe your story?

Jane Harper meets Liane Moriaty.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

It was a long time ago, but Hart to Hart (played by Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers) created by Sidney Sheldon.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

I have to pick two; the book is a thriller, so moody at times and with tension which is captured by Mike Oldfield/Maggie Reilly’s Moonlight Shadow

But whilst The Long Shadow isn’t an “Indigenous” story, Teagan, the Indigenous character, and country, are an integral part of the story, and Jessica Mauboy’s  I Believe has lyrics are of hardship, of scars, but with hope. Teagan doesn’t let go of this hope, and Issy as the group psychologist wants to instil in all her group members

About  The Long Shadow

Old Sins Cast Long Shadows…sometimes you have to deal with the past before you can face the future

Issy Harris has never heard of Riley, a town on the edge of the outback, much less want to end up there. But her husband Dean is the Red Adair of hospital stuff ups, and Riley is where they and their two year old son need to go. A psychologist, at least she gets a job running the mother-baby postnatal group to keep her occupied.

From the first group, Issy knows something is wrong. Badly wrong. Pulled into the politics of a company town where a culture of corruption is putting the viability of the hospital at risk, Issy is forced to make sense of a threats made against her and her son if she is to protect him. Nursing her own secret and struggling to keep her marriage together, Issy is pitted against the local union boss, the politician patriarch and his family as she tries to work out how they are tied into a twenty five year old tragedy – the kidnapping and murder of the older brother of one of the women in her group.  A desperate race against time and the unpredictable elements of nature results in a breathtaking climax where Issy is forced to choose what it is that she really values.

A story about mothers, attachment and the things that get in the way of being the parent you want to be.

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About  Anne Buist

Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has thirty years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, including forensic work. She is the author of three psychological thrillers, Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know, and This I Would Kill For, with tart noir heroine, psychiatrist Natalie King, and a new stand alone rural thriller, The Long Shadow.

She has been married to Graeme Simsion for thirty years and they have two children, and a joint romantic comedy/feel-good mid-age novel, Two Steps Forward, and a sequel in progress, Two Steps Onwards.


So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.