Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Iris. Tell us, what inspired you to write your book, I Think I Love You?
Hi, L.A., thank you for having me as your guest today! I Think I Love You is the 3rd book in the Australian Sports Stars series. We went on holidays to a small coastal town in New South Wales a few years ago and I wanted to use it as a setting for my next book. We had the finals in the “Australian Football League” … the rest is history. Book one Love Will Find You with Tyson as the main character was born. But while writing it, I fell in love with his friends Oliver, Markus, and Sarah, and they all got a book as well. Oliver is a baseball player, and Markus (with Germany winning the World Cup last year) had to be a soccer player :)
Have you been a lifelong reader of romance? What are some the first books you remember reading?
No, I was never a big reader. I struggled through every assignment at school, which involved reading. Yet, once I settled in life, I was able to settle with a book as well. But I read across the genres nowadays, from crime to mystery and romance. If it’s well written, I read it.
What do you do to rev your creative juices?
I’d love to say: I go on holidays. But to start a book, that’s it. I get most of my ideas or at least the best ideas from holidays. Apart from that, I only write when I feel like it, not for the amount of words that need to be written a day.
What would be your advice to people who are considering a writing career?
Never give up and when others tell you to learn about the craft … sit down and learn about it. There’s some truth to it. There are too many books out there which have a great story, but lack proper editing and formatting, and thus aren’t as good as they could be (including one of mine :) )
You’re having a dinner party. What character from your novel do you hope doesn’t show up? Why?
Anita! What a b**ch. She’s Tyson’s ex in Love Will Find You and has quite an attitude. Yes, please keep her away from me!
Markus DeLeon and Sarah Winter’s lives couldn’t be more different…
After three years away as the goalkeeper for an English soccer club, Markus has been happy to be back in Australia. He’d missed his family and friends, including Sarah. He’s known her since childhood and often protected her from the teasing of other children and the troubling consequences of a broken home.
When they attend their friends’ wedding, a new light is cast on their friendship…
Sarah is fresh out of a bad relationship, and Markus has always been the one she can confide in. Maybe it’s the magic of the wedding—or how stunning he looks in a tux—but the attraction between them intensifies in ways they’d never imagined.
But sometimes when risking what you have, you might lose everything…
Following a passionate encounter, Markus isn’t sure how to handle this new aspect of his relationship with Sarah and literally flees the scene for the coast. Sarah is unsure how to react to his sudden departure but is soon knocked off course by misunderstandings and a frightening family emergency.
Markus realises his mistake and wants to make things right, but he also faces obstacles. He’s been offered an exciting new job, and an attractive newcomer to the neighbourhood is eager to claim his attention though the last thing Markus needs is another confusing relationship.
Can Sarah and Markus face the fear and doubt—and the potential loss of their lifelong friendship—to give their love a chance?
Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and immigrated to Australia only in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland and London, as well as in Canada, where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters, as well as her two dogs. In addition to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.