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Quintette of Questions: Téa Cooper

Quintette asks writers five quick questions. This week’s interview is with Téa Cooper!

Téa Cooper

Matilda'sFreedom 3001.     What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

Matilda’s Freedom is my latest book. The working title was Matilda’s Madness, mainly because I have a passion for alliteration, possibly more accurately described as a tic! Matilda’s Freedom is far more accurate!!

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

Timothy Dalton (in Wuthering Heights) and Keira Knightley (in Pirates of the Caribbean) – not very original but it’s all about her hair!

3.     What five words best describe your story?

Unconventional, traditional, sweet and spicy Australian romance (I can’t count!)

4.     Who is your favourite fictional couple?

Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.

5.     What song always makes you cry?

Dance me to the End of Love by Madeleine Peyroux (On the Careless Love Album).

About Téa:

Téa CooperTéa lives in a stone cottage on one hundred acres of bushland in the Hunter Valley. When she isn’t writing, she can be found haunting the local museum or chatting to the locals, who provide her with a never-ending source of inspiration.

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Would you like to answer a Quintette interview? Email me at nmharrisheart@gmail.com!

Romantic Melbourne: Love Locks

Melbourne love lock 1A few days ago, I walked over the Yarra Footbridge connecting Southbank to the Flinders Street station and discovered the bridge has become a new Love Lock location.

Love Locks – the phenomenon of people inscribing padlocks with their initials and those of their honey –  pop up all over the world. The practice is rumoured to have begun in Italy, in tribute to Federico Moccia’s novel ‘Three Meters Above the Sky’, but they exist in France, Germany, the USA and other countries as well.

Lovers in Sydney have been asked to remove their locks from the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the basis that this demonstration of their passion poses a safety risk. The City of Melbourne intends to have engineers check out the footbridge to determine whether too much love can be a dangerous thing.

Melbourne love lock 2

Over on the other side of the country, the Bell Tower in Perth (which traces the practice to China)  casts a kindlier eye on loving hearts, and has made an area available for Love Locks. Well, you have to buy a $30 lock from them first, so perhaps their idea of romance is a bit more focused on commerce, but at least you’ll know your lock won’t be cut down, and you’ll get a memorial folder of the occasion.

I’ve seen a great drooping metal shrubbery of them on a fence in Pécs, Hungary, the first time I’d encountered the phenomenon, though I’d read of it before.

Hungary (2)

Wikipedia of course provides a lot of information about Love Locks and any related controversy.

In the end, whether it’s a public safety hazard or a wonderful, whimsical, glorious way to declare and celebrate your love (or both!) it’s true that lovelocked bridges, gates and fences grow like vines as testaments to a moment in time when love lasts forever.

Have you seen (or attached) Love Locks? Share your stories (and pictures) with Adventurous Hearts!


Do you know of a romantic Melbourne experience? Let me know and I will selflessly explore it. SELFLESSLY.

In the meantime, read my erotic spy thrillers set in Melbourne and Brisbane: Double Edged and Expendable!