Thursday, December 10, 2015

Would you rather with Maggie Bolitho

Please welcome Maggie Bolitho, author of Outback Promise.

Maggie Bolitho:

A free range child, I grew up on an island In Canada’s Pacific Northwest. I spent my formative years flying under the radar, constructing alternate universes, and wishing for 20/20 vision.
I set out to see the world shortly after my 17th birthday. Eventually I met and fell in love with a wild colonial boy. After five years of futile resistance, I moved to Melbourne, Australia and married him. In 2007, my husband and I made Canada our permanent home. We now live in a leafy suburb on that island where I grew up and neither of us want to be anywhere else.
 While living Down Under, I explored the outback and started writing fiction. Some of my adult short stories appear in different anthologies in the US, Canada, and Australia. I have had poetry published in Quills Canadian Poetry magazine. My debut novel Lockdown (YA) was published in 2014 by Great Plains Fiction (Winnipeg, Canada). Outback Promise is being released by HarperCollins Australia in November 2015.

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Would You Rather... 
with Maggie Bolitho

Chips, chocolate or cheese?

Chocolate. It’s a lift when the heart is happy and a salve when it’s broken. Suitable for all occasions.

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?

Carrie Bradshaw. I’d love to read her diaries.

Wine, beer or vodka?

Scotch? Okay wine.

Camping or spa vacation?

Spa. The best part of camping is when it’s over.

Water or mountains?

Water. Preferably by the ocean with an interesting foreshore and benign sea life. I say no! to sharks, Irukandji jellyfish, and sea snakes.

Zombies or vampires?

Vampires. Much more elegant. Plus there’s the kissing thing. Okay maybe it’s more of a bite but surely it’s more pleasant than the alternative.

Dogs or cats?

Both please.

Coke or Pepsi?


Coffee or tea?

Tea. A chai latte would be lovely.

Dine out or take away?

Take away.

High heels, sneakers or flip flops?

In my fantasies, high heels. In R/L sneakers.

Physical Book or ebook?

All of the above plus audio book and the movie version, where available.

Paperback or Hardcover?


Pen or pencil?

Pen, preferably a Pilot G-2 07, blue ink.

Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad?

Downton Abbey.

Drama or comedy?

Drama with some humor.

Twilight or Hunger Games?


Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?


Facebook or Twiter?


Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?

Plot vaguely and revise as the story reveals itself.

Outback Promise

Can Ros and Grady move on from the past, or will their pain drive them apart? Six years ago, the Balfours lost their son Cadel to a hit-and-run driver. Recently, Ros discovered Grady's affair. With their marriage fast disintegrating, they decide to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to try and mend deep wounds and rekindle the fire that once fused them close. This trip will decide the fate of their relationship: do they have enough strength and enough love left to accept what life has put them both through? But trust and forgiveness don't come easily, and Ros and Grady have to navigate not only the wilderness of the Outback and the challenges of other travellers, but also the chasm of grief and bitterness they have sunk into over the last six years. Their only hope for survival lies in facing the secrets they have both tried to keep buried.

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